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Sunday, 1 June 2014


I've been watching the #ComradesMarathon for the past 5 hours with Kazalette and Stefan.  The route passes near our house in #Kloof, KZN.  It is such a privilege to be able to watch and support participants in what must be the greatest sporting event on the planet.

What makes the Comrades special?  Well, anyone who can complete over 2 marathons in a day is special in terms of self-discipline, commitment and resilience, but the Comrades is a whole lot more than that.  It is a common adventure for 18,000 people from all walks of life, but different as they all are, they all share an experience of suffering, of grace, of connection, companionship, mutual support and triumph, from the first to the last.

It is an event which delivers so many of the tests that Life has to offer that the runners are often called to transcend suffering, doubt, hopelessness and disconnection as their bodies rebel against this ultimate physical test.  The amazing thing, though, is that, for most, their salvation lies in the human connection with their fellow runners and the spectators.  It is the pat on the shoulder, the gesture of support, calling out a name, the cheering and encouragement which eventually get everyone through this race.

Somehow, I can't help wondering if human connection and support isn't the ultimate panacea to help each other through Life's tests.

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