Reigning Comrades Marathon Champions, Edward Mothibi and Gerda Steyn had an epic time racing the legends in the ‘Race The Comrades Legends’ virtual race.
Both Mothibi and Steyn are Brand Ambassadors for CMA sponsor, Swinkels Family Brewers, promoting its range of Bavaria 0.0% non-alcoholic adult beverages.
Swinkels Family Brewer’s Marketing Manager: Africa, Oliver Wills says, “Both Edward and Gerda were the perfect fit as Brand Ambassadors for Bavaria 0.0%. They are both fit, energetic and influential professional athletes who epitomise the fun, responsible lifestyle that our brand seeks to promote.”
Mothibi, who, runs for Nedbank Running Club and works as a Clerk at the Impala Platinum Mine, claimed his inaugural victory in last year’s Comrades Marathon Up Run in a winning time of 5:31:33
Says Mothibi, “I ran the 21km in ‘Race The Comrades Legends’. I had not been training properly with the lockdown regulations so I enjoyed a casual run at a leisurely pace. Like so many other athletes, I really missed Comrades this year.”
“‘Race The Comrades Legends’ was special because it is those legends who have inspired us to run the Comrades Marathon. As a runner and an average humble person, I felt privileged to be part of this event and it is great to serve as a Brand Ambassador for Bavaria 0.0%.”
Mothibi adds, “From a young age, I have looked up to all the great runners in the Comrades Marathon, especially the legends. I feel blessed with all the opportunities that have been presented to me since winning The Ultimate Human Race; it has been phenomenal.”
Steyn, who ran her race in Dubai, stunned the nation with her record-breaking Comrades Up Run victory in 5:58:53 and also participated in the 21km event. Says Steyn, “After the cancellation of just about all running events, it was so great that we could participate in this virtual race.”
“The Comrades is all about its rich history and it would certainly not be the same without the stories of the legends of this great race. It was really only after winning last year’s Comrades that I realized how big these people who came before us have made this race special in every way. What an honour! The 2019 Comrades experience was the highlight of my entire running career. I could not have asked for more than that, including the chance of serving as a Brand Ambassador for Bavaria 0.0% which is actually a delicious non-alcoholic beverage, especially after a good run.”
CMA General Manager, Keletso Totlhanyo says, “We are grateful to Swinkel Family Brewers for bringing Edward and Gerda on board the ‘Race The Comrades Legends’ It was wonderful to have them participate in our inaugural virtual event.