The Comrades Marathon is appropriately dubbed the Ultimate Human Race, as it is an event that tests the strength, character and the mentality of runners as they courageously tackle the 89-kilometre course.
The Comrades Marathon is the oldest ultra marathon in the world, which sees more than 20 000 runners from 60 countries attempting to complete the strenuous journey from Durban to Pietermaritzburg (the up run) or from Pietermaritzburg to Durban (the down run).
The past Sunday was the 91st edition of the race, which was a down run from Pietermaritzburg. For most people, it is the more difficult version of the race, as it is more taxing on the muscles.
With an event of such a large magnitude, a vibrant atmosphere and a colossal route, which is more than doubled a standard marathon, it was clear that Best 4 Sports would be there with the revolutionary S#*T called CrampNOT!
The Comrades Marathon Expo
The Bonitas Comrades Marathon Expo was definitely one of the better events that we were involved in, as one could not help but allow oneself to be immersed in the contagiously vibrant atmosphere.
We were so caught up in the hype and excitement leading up to the race, at times it felt like we were participating in the event as runners. We were however, heavily involved in the race on Sunday, as CrampNOT played an influential role in the outcome of the Comrades Marathon.
Distributing the S#*T
We had an immensely great reception at the expo as far as CrampNOT is concerned, for many people were familiar with the S#*T and some were open to try it for the first time, due to feedback of friends and results at the Cape Town Cycle Tour, Two Oceans Marathon, Nick Bester’s MTB trial and more recently the Wings for Life World Run.
Making Someone’s Day
We also ran a competition over the duration of the Comrades Expo where entrants could stand a chance to win a Garmin Forerunner 235. The competition was open to anybody provided that they just fill in the entry form before 4:00PM on the last day of the event. The lucky winner of the draw was Mr Maboqaqe who was actually one of the last entries.
We were immensely delighted to award him the prize, as one could see that the winner was filled with much joy and did not really know how to react, but could only express immense gratitude. The smile on his face says it all.
Ever wondered how the elite runners do the morning before the 5:30AM start? Well, they are at least up a couple of hours before. In fact the Nedbank Running Club elite runner were up at 1:30AM getting ready to have breakfast.
Following that everyone, including the seconds, gather for a briefing, which would take place at around 2:30AM, as everything needs to go according to plan, especially with the seconding groups, as they provide the nutrition and hydration for the athletes at specific points of the race.
This is precisely where we came in, as we were placed in the seconding groups, for we were providing the elite runners of the Nedbank Running Club with our revolutionary neuromuscular supplement, called CrampNOT.
An immensely exciting day of racing it was for the Nedbank Running Club and for CrampNOT as well, for the #DreamGreenTeam did immensely well. Five of their athletes placed in the top 10 in the Men’s Race and 3 of which utilised CrampNOT.
Ludwick Mamabolo, who finished second with a Personal Best time of 5:24:05. That would normally be enough to win the race, but it was not to due to David Gatebe’s (TomTom AC) record breaking down run of 5:18:19, shattering the previous record by more than 2 minutes! Needless to say, Mamabolo had consumed 3 CrampNOT Premium sachets throughout the race and therefore did not experience a cramp.
Mike Fokoroni looked well on his way to make the Two Oceans/Comrades double as he lead 50 kilometres into the race. It appeared that he set the pace too high, as he faded to 8th poition. With 30 kilometres to go, Fokoroni also had a CrampNOT Premium, which enabled him to make up four places to finish 4th.
Mike Fokorini with 5 kilometres to go after making up 4 places to be in 4th position.
The other Nedbank elite runner that used CrampNOT in the race was the American, Max King, who ran well to finish in 8th position.
The Race of the Fairer Sex
Drama unfolded in the women’s race after Caroline Wostmann comfortably lead the majority of the race up until she stumbled into motorcycle causing the other bikes of the leading brigade to fall.
Above: Kasja Berg passing the 5km to go mark.
Meanwhile, Charne Bosman of Nedbank was 8 minutes behind the KPMG athlete. Wostmann really struggled the last 10 kilometres, as she had to walk big stretches of the remainder of the race. This enabled Bosman to pass her about 2 kilometres from the finish to register her first Comrades Marathon victory! Wostmann finished second in a race filled with Herculean challenges and following her in 3rd, was the Swedish Nedbank International Runner, Kasja Berg who ran strong and consistently throughout. Sarah Bard and Fikile Mbuthuma made up the Nedbank quartet that finished in the top 10, coming in at 4th and 8th position respectively.
Despite all the hype being around the top runners, the biggest CrampNOT success stories revolved around the ‘mere’ mortals of the running world. Expectedly, we had heard that many of the CrampNOT users did not experience any cramps and some even improved on their PB’s by as much as 2 hours! That is unheard of…Stay tuned as we provide you with the biggest success stories of runners using CrampNOT at the Ultimate Human Race.
Those that have used the product can definitely say:
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