The Comrades Marathon Association (CMA) will once again host its annual glitzy awards gala in Durban next week. This, as the organization honours some notable individuals courtesy of major sponsor, Old Mutual.
The Old Mutual Spirit of Comrades awards gala celebrates three awesome do-gooders every year for their very human attributes of selflessness, dedication, perseverance and ubuntu; combined with their love for The Ultimate Human Race.
The prestigious awards gala has been a defining feature of the CMA since 1991. The three Spirit of Comrades recipients are presented with a one-ounce, 24 carat gold medallion, courtesy of major sponsor, Old Mutual, as well as due recognition of their remarkable qualities.
The awardees are nominated by CMA members, Comrades Marathon runners and the general public; and are subject to the discretion of the CMA Board. The awards criteria place special emphasis on Comrades Marathon winners, legends, volunteers and otherwise ordinary heroes and heroines; who through individual acts of service, sacrifice, courage or perseverance, either in a single race or over a period of time, exhibit the noble qualities associated with The Ultimate Human Race.
At the awards evening, the Comrades Journalist of the Year will also be acknowledged as well as the Top Charity Fundraiser.
In keeping with last year’s innovations, the CMA will also present the much-lauded Comrades Marathon Winners Blazers to the proudly South African 2016 Comrades Marathon winners David Gatebe and Charne Bosman.
Gatebe will be especially honoured for breaking the previously recorded down-run best time by a whopping 2 minutes and 22 seconds.
Another facet of the evening’s proceedings will be the awarding of Certificates of Appreciation and CMA Life Membership Awards to those individuals and organisations that have been of particularly outstanding service to the CMA.
CMA Chairperson, Macdonald Chitja says, “We look forward to honouring some amazing individuals at our flagship awards gala next week. The Comrades Marathon is cherished by people all over the world for the impeccable values it brings out in otherwise ordinary people.”
Chitja adds, “Some of the outstanding people who have done amazing things for our race will receive due recognition at this event. We look forward to honouring them.”