21 former Comrades Marathon winners will participate in the 1921 Comrades Marathon Tribute Run, a symbolic re-enactment of the 1921 Comrades Marathon which saw 34 starters take off from the Pietermaritzburg City Hall 100 years ago on 24 May 1921.

The 1921 Comrades Tribute Run will take place on Monday, 24 May 2021, exactly 100 years to the day, as part of the Comrades Centenary Celebrations, preceding an exciting line up of Centenary festivities on the day.

Covering a distance of 2.2km, the Tribute Run will finish at Comrades House and will include the participation of former Comrades Marathon Winners, Quadruple Green Number male runners and Triple Green Number female athletes.



The 34 runners are:

AchievementMen (25)
Winner 1976 – 78 & 80Alan Robb
Winner 1981 – 88 & 90Bruce Fordyce
Winner 1991Nick Bester
Winner 1992Jetman Msuthu
Winner 1995Shaun Meiklejohn
Winner 2000/02/04Vladimir Kotov
Winner 2001Andrew Kelehe
Winner 2003Fusi Nhlapo
Winner 2005Sipho Ngomane
Winner 2012Ludwick Mamabolo
Winner 2013Claude Moshiywa
Winner 2015Gift Kelehe
Winner 2016David Gatebe
Winner 2019Edward Mothibi
47 MedalsBarry Holland
47 MedalsLouis Massyn
42 MedalsMike Cowling
42 MedalsWietsche van der Westhuizen
42 MedalsZwelitsha Gono
42 MedalsDave Lowe
41 MedalsTommy Neitski
41 MedalsDave Williams
40 MedalsJohan van Eeden
40 MedalsBoysie van Staden
40 MedalsShaun Wood
AchievementWomen (9)
Winner 1979Jan Mallen
Winner 1985 – 87Helen Lucre
Winner 1992Francis van Blerk
Winner 1993Tilda Tearle
Winner 1998Rae Bisschoff
Winner 2015Caroline Cherry (Wostmann)
Winner 2016Charne Bosman
31 MedalsPat Fisher
30 MedalsKim Pain

These 34 participants will be set off by Msunduzi Mayor, Cllr Mzimkhulu Thebolla at 09h00 outside the Pietermaritzburg City Hall and will proceed down Chief Albert Luthuli Street which becomes Alan Paton Road and then turn left into Connaught Road, covering the 2.2km long route.

CMA Race Director, Rowyn James said, “This is a symbolic race and is being run in honour of the very first Comrades Marathon that was held on 24 May 1921. We expect this race to finish by 09h30 and will precede an exciting line-up of items on the celebrations programme to mark our Comrades Centenary.”

James adds, “Thanks to CMA sponsor, Mr Price Sport, our 34 athletes will be outfitted in running kits which take us back all the way to the 1920’s. It promises to be quite a show. It is also noteworthy that this will be the largest gathering of former Comrades Winners since 1983 when a reunion was held of all 25 living winners at that time.”

The 1921 Comrades Marathon Tribute Run will be overseen by Msunduzi Traffic Management Services and the Department of Transport (RTI).

The arrival of the 34 runners at Comrades House will herald the start of the formal Comrades Centenary Celebrations which will include the unveiling of a Centenary Monument, entertainment, formal addresses from dignitaries, less-formal speeches by special guests, more entertainment, and the cutting of a giant birthday cake.

The occasion’s activities will be live-streamed, and we invite Comrades runners and supporters in South Africa and around the world to follow the day’s proceedings from 09h00 – 15h00 on our website www.comrades.com, or on Facebook @ComradesMarathon.