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SA Union & RSA: Comrades Marathon Award

SA Union & RSA: Comrades Marathon AwardSA Union & RSA: Comrades Marathon Award
Form: Circular with attached loop.
By: ?
Date: Annually
Ref:  Laidlaw: 0067a;
Variations:
SizeMetalMassValue
28 mmGold
28 mmSilver
28.8 mmBronze13.4 gm$12

Edge: Plain.

Obverse: Figure of Mercury/ Hermes with winged helmet and feet carrying a caduceus and running to the left. On a band legend above: “COMRADES MARATHON” and below between stars: “DURBAN – MARITZBURG”

Reverse: A laurel wreath tied at the foot within which the name of the person to whom the medal was awarded would be inscribed.

Notes: Instituted in 1921, the Comrades Marathon is the world’s largest and oldest ultra marathon road race attracting over 20,000 runners. It is run annually between Durban and Pietermaritzburg, a distance of about 90 km. The direction of the race alternates each year. The gold medal is awarded to the first 10 men and the first 10 women; the silver medal to those who finish in under 7hrs 30min; the bronze medal to those who finish in less than 11 hours. In recent years new medals have been introduced and the metal quality downgraded.