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The Comrades Expo will see fresh impetus being placed on novice athletes. In line with its Runner’s First initiative, the Comrades Marathon Association (CMA) has committed itself to enhancing the experience of its novice runners at the Comrades.

CMA Marketing Manager, Thami Vilakazi says, “The CMA has long been championing the need to enhance the very special and life-changing experience when a person makes the decision to take on The Ultimate Human Race. The Comrades Novice Club is a great start in that direction.”

The common denominator amongst all Comrades runners irrespective of whether they hold 1 or 45 medals is that each and every one of them starts out as a novice. That first experience of registering, getting their goody bag and walking around the Expo as an entrant is unforgettable.

These first timers usually bring their friends, family and loved ones to the Expo and with this in mind, the CMA is set on making the experience even more special. The unique thing about being part of the “Comrades Novice Club” is that an entrant will only be eligible once to visit the club.

The Novice Club also presents an opportunity for CMA to recognise the special contribution of our running legends, especially those who have completed or are completing their 40th Comrades journeys. Many of these greats will now be able to share their experiences and advice with our novices.

Amongst the offerings for our novices will be motivational talks, running advice and photo sessions with select Comrades personalities. The selfies and photos will capture the essence of what it means to be a Comrades runner, and bring to life the history and great moments of the world’s greatest footrace.

The Novice Club will include elements of times gone by, life-size stands of some of the legends and comprise of a video area which will screen footage of previous races and air Comrades stories and documentaries.

Vilakazi concludes, “The Comrades Novice Club initiative is a unique addition to the Comrades Expo and we are confident that it will grow and develop into one of the very special experiences for all new Comrades runners.”