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The latest edition of the world's greatest ultra-marathon takes place on Sunday. Catch up on the history - along with some fascinating facts and anecdotes - of a race that's internationally recognised for the body-sapping challenge it poses and the camaraderie it fosters among its thousands of participants.
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Online entries for South Africa's 2014 Old Mutual Two Oceans Ultra Marathon opened on Tuesday. The 45th running of the 56-kilometre race takes place on Saturday, 19 April 2014, with an entry limit of 11 000 runners.
Zimbabwe's Stephen Muzhingi won the Comrades Marathon for the second time running as a huge field contested the 85th edition of South Africa's famous ultra-marathon on Sunday. Victory in the women's race went to Elena Nurgalieva for a fifth time.
Zimbabwe's Stephen Muzhingi derailed Leonid Shvetsov's attempt at a third Comrades Marathon win in succession on Sunday, while the Nurgalieva twins continued their domination of the women's race as Olesya succeeded her sister Elena as champion.
South Africa's Bethuel Netshifhefhe broke a three-year Zimbabwean stranglehold by winning the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon on Saturday, with 1996 Olympic marathon champion Josiah Thugwane finishing in second. Russia's Madina Biktagirova won the women's event on her debut.
The Comrades Marathon has honoured its "forgotten heroes" of the world-famous ultra-marathon - hundreds of black runners and women who had to run the race "unofficially" prior to 1975, when it became SA's first major sporting event to open to people regardless of race or gender.
Mention the Comrades Marathon, the world-famous 90-kilometre run between Durban and Pietermaritzburg, and one name still springs to mind: Bruce Fordyce, the "Comrades King", and one of the all-time greats of ultra-marathon running.
After a good start on the first weekend of the Paralympic Games in Athens, South African athletes have continued raking in the medals, with double amputee Oscar Pistorius putting in two very different but equally sensational performances in the 200 metres.
It's no wonder that South Africans love long-distance challenges - the country's climate and contrasting landscape is ideal for endurance sport activities. Whether on land or in water, South Africans love testing their endurance ability and an ever- increasing number of people from overseas have discovered the fantastic events the country has to offer and are participating in them.
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