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Russian Women Dominate 2010 Comrades Marathon

2. June 2010 by Christy 0 Comments

Russian women dominated South Africa’s 85th Comrades Marathon on May 30th, easily securing first, second, and third place wins.  Elena Nurgalieva won the women’s event with a time of 6:13:04, while her twin sister, Oleysa Nurgalieva, came in second at 6:13:05. Russian Marina Myshlyanova came in third at 06:26:03.

Billed as “The Ultimate Human Race,” the Comrades Marathon is the world’s oldest and largest ultramarathon. Participants run a strenuous course approximately 55.9 miles long between the capital of the Kwazulu-Natal Province of South Africa, Pietermaritzburg, and the coastal city of Durban.

Elena and Oleysa have alternated Comrades wins since 2006. To prepare for this marathon, and others, the sisters run up to 124 miles per week in Russia’s brutally cold weather, preferably on mountain trails. The twins compete in, and win, a variety of marathons around the world and were favorites to win Comrades.