8 days to Comrades and we’re ready02/06/2018
2 Sleeps my Peeps!08/06/2018
Story by: Doody Adams
This just got real. 4 days to go. In amongst the chaos and frenzy of these build up days, I want to stop and enjoy this. The media coverage has been incredible, I can’t wait to have the time to actually calculate the total media value this has received, but trust me it’s big. But, this is so much more than the media coverage, it’s the individual messages we are receiving from friends and family far and wide. People will gather on Sunday whether in their homes or on the side of the road to show their support. This thing has gained momentum, far beyond our expectations. We all want to share in this incredible story.
The support crew is in full swing with Brendan and Ian taking charge. Makaranga Lodge is on board with a supporters hot spot, sponsoring egg and bacon rolls and all the refreshments for the passing runners. Wow! The Makaranga family has walked this journey with numerous MS warriors and their commitment to those that have mobility issues is truly amazing.
The Comrades organising team are to be commended, especially our long time friend and race director, Rowan James. We have received an email outlining the start procedure … the boys will park in the VIP area at the City Hall and move to the front of the start line. They will officially start 5 minutes ahead of the other runners, escorted through the streets of Martizburg by an official Comrades referee and the police. Sjoe, now that is a big deal … no doubt this will be the moment to treasure forever, ahead of over 20,000 runners attempting one of the most challenging human races. A quiet time for Andrew and Grant to gather their emotions ahead of the long day and then the sheer joy they will experience as the lead runners pass them, the police escort and referee will then peel away and continue with the lead pack.
Chasing Grant and Andrew will be their support runners, they will push hard to catch up. Again a surge of emotions at the moment they all connect and continue the journey as a team with one goal in mind, that medal for Grant. The finish line will remain in the far distance, but the roads will be lined with people supporting and cheering this bunch of heroes.
My heart is bubbling over with love and admiration for what is happening. Our family’s story is forever changed, our children have witnessed something so great … the power of the human spirit.
Let the race begin.
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