10 Comrades Marathons in 10 Days: Can It Be Done?

Ten10 is a stunningly audacious charity initiative based around the core concept of running the distance of 10 Comrades Marathons in ten days, running 90kms per day for ten consecutive days in under 12 hours, all in the name of charity. This endurance run, now in its fifth year, is scheduled to start on Friday 1 June 2018 from Underdogs in Pretoria, and finishing on Sunday 10 June at the Comrades 2018 in Durban. Hazel Moller, a Bedfordview local, Cornel Metcalfe, and Tumelo Mokobane are the brave athletes who will be undertaking this challenge, and they seem undaunted by the sheer numbers involved.

“We are taking on the ultimate running challenge – to run the 90km Comrades distance EACH day consecutively – for the 9 days leading up to the epic ultra marathon – then culminating in the official Comrades Marathon on 10 June 20018. So… Running ten Comrades Marathons in 10 days!” says Moller.

“The 90km run, the start and end, alternating between Durban and Pietermaritzburg is central to the South African running scene. Each half of which would be considered as amongst the toughest 42.2km standard marathon in SA,” she continued. South Africans have a special place for those intrepid souls that, as winter starts to set in, begin the epic journey that is the Comrades Marathon. The 92nd running of an event, conceived to honor the millions of fallen soldiers who died tragically during the World War 1, is set to start 10 June 2018.

The 10Ten charity runners aren’t running 90km’s a day purely for the fun of it, and have committed to raising R250000 for highly deserving charities. Namely Underdogs SA and Animal Allies as financial beneficiaries and Funda Nenja Harrismith Animal Shelter, Pet Rescue and Cluny Animal Trust as food beneficiaries.

Underdog SA Underdogs SA is the only pit bull breed specific registered NPO of its kind in South Africa, founded in 2011, the organisation rescues and rehabilitates, then re-home the pit bulls with the assistance of qualified Vet and animal behavior specialists. Underdog SA has been a fixture in the city of Pretoria for over 6 years. More than 696 animals have passed through their shelter, and during that time period, the dogs have received not only food and shelter, but a lot of medical attention due to abuse and dogfighting. All Underdog SA pit bulls are being rehabilitated successfully out of abusive situations, completing basic obedience training and eventually being successfully rehomed. All of them have found lifelong loving homes through our adoption program.

Animal Allies Animal Allies is a registered Non-Profit Organisation (NPO 095505) that was started in January 2010. Armed with traps, nets and little experience. Their goal was to trap, neuter and release (TNR) as well as vaccinate, feral cats around Gauteng, thus preventing the spread of certain diseases as well as overpopulation. While they focused on feral cats, people approached them on a daily basis to help with sterilisations and veterinary care in poorer communities. Thousands of animals live in and amongst the poorest community settlements and have limited or no access to veterinary services. The result is untold suffering. This led Animal Allies to their first sterilisation campaign in September 2011, where they dewormed, vaccinated and sterilised close to 600 dogs and cats free of charge. To date Animal Allies have sterilized, vaccinated and dewormed over 11702 dogs and cats that won’t be contributing to the overpopulation crisis. Every animal guardian has been educated and now knows that help is just a phone call away.

To follow the Ten10 team’s progress and make a donation to this amazing cause, you can visit their website HERE




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