Team UKZN Supports Comrades 2016
For the fourth consecutive year, Team UKZN - clad in red and white - was out in full force to support the Ultimate Human Race, the 2016 Comrades Marathon.
In high spirits despite the chill of a dark winter early morning, UKZN staff and Physiotherapy students worked tirelessly to set up Station 29 at Botha’s Hill in readiness for the influx of runners.
Forming a human chain, Team UKZN lined the bustling route, handing out refreshments and motivating runners as they made their way from Pietermaritzburg to Durban in the 89km race.
For the weary and exhausted, UKZN’s Physiotherapy students offered massage relief to sore legs and stiff muscles at their massage station, encouraging runners to get back on the road.
Once more, UKZN’s Tintin Pillay had the Team dancing and energised, keeping the local residents jiving to the beat. ‘It’s an absolute honour to work with vibrant students and staff in support of our athletes. As they say about the Comrades - Izokuthoba, it will humble you!’ said Pillay.
Ms Shakila Thakurpersad of UKZN’s Corporate Relations Division said: ‘At least 25 members of staff and students ran the marathon. We were very proud of them and behind them all the way!’
UKZN congratulates South Africa’s David Gatebe who smashed the down run record in a time of 5:18.19 and the first woman home, Charne Bosman, who finished in 6:25.19.
‘Corporate Relations organisers thank all staff and Physiotherapy students who worked hard to ensure that the day was a resounding success. We also congratulate all who ran the race and offer our best wishes to those preparing for next year,’ said Mr Lesiba Seshoka, Executive Director: Corporate Relations.