Ludwick Mamabolo Overcomes Injuries to Complete His 10th Comrades Marathon


By Staff Reporter

POLOKWANE – Ludwick Mamabolo, the 2012 Comrades Marathon winner and current trainer of University of Limpopo athletes, triumphed over injuries to complete his 10th Comrades Marathon. Despite sustaining injuries at the beginning of the race, Mamabolo demonstrated remarkable resilience and determination.

The ultramarathon, spanning approximately 88 kilometers, is held annually in South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal province, between the cities of Durban and Pietermaritzburg. This year, Mamabolo ran proudly in the University of Limpopo colors and completed the grueling race in 6:56:53, earning a silver medal.

Mamabolo’s journey to the finish line was not easy. Early in the race, he encountered injuries that threatened his performance. However, his perseverance and dedication saw him through, making him the second runner from the University of Limpopo to finish the 2024 Comrades Marathon.

In an interview with OJ Molefe of Supersport, Mamabolo expressed his gratitude for the support he received. He acknowledged the University of Limpopo, Polokwane Municipality Mayor Makoro John Mpe, and Capricorn Municipality Executive Mayor Mamoloko Kubayi for their unwavering encouragement and support throughout his preparation and during the race.

“I am deeply thankful for the support I have received from the university and the community leaders. Their encouragement kept me going, especially when the race got tough,” Mamabolo said.

The support from the university and local municipalities highlights the strong community backing that Mamabolo and other athletes receive, which plays a crucial role in their success. This race marks a significant milestone in Mamabolo’s career, further solidifying his status as a Comrades Marathon legend and an inspiration to many aspiring runners.

Mamabolo’s achievement is a testament to the power of perseverance and community support in overcoming challenges and reaching new heights. As he continues to train and mentor young athletes at the University of Limpopo, his story will undoubtedly inspire many more to pursue their dreams with determination and resilience.

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