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*Correction 2:15 PST: results updated, Jones finished ninth overall.

File photo. Catrin Jones during Vancouver Island Race Series. Photo credit: Christopher Kelsall

The 94th running of the Comrades Marathon took place this weekend in South Africa. It is RSA’s most prestigious distance event and one of the world’s priority bucket list ultra-races at 87-kilometres in distance.

South African time, the race started on Sunday, June 9 at 5:30 am.

South Africa’s Edward Mothibi won the men’s race, while Gerda Steyn broke the women’s record.

Mothibi finished fourth last year.

This year was an up year (the course changes direction each year). Sunday, runners started in Durban and finished in St. Pietermaritzburg.

The top Canadian was Victoria’s Catrin Jones, who finished sixth overall and second master (40+) in the time of 6:52:44. The first master was Charne Bosman from South Africa. She finished in 6:49:39.

Steyn crushed the up record by over 10 minutes. She also became the first women all-time to breach the six-hour benchmark for women on the up-run.

There is a 12-hour time limit. If a runner is still on course at 12 hours, the gun sounds and the race is over for them.

The top three men were Mothibi in 5:31:33, Bongmusa Mthembu (5:31.58 – RSA)) and Nao Kazami (5:39:16 – JPN).

The top three women were Gerda Steyn in 5:58:53, Alexandra Morozova (6:17:40 – RUS) and Caitriona Jennings (6:24:12 – IRL).

The top Canadian male finished 40th position in the time of 6:18:25. The top American male was Sage Canaday in 21st position in 6:02:10.

Full results, here>>