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Smooth start to 2013 Comrades

The 2013 Comrades Marathon is being run between Durban and Pietermaritzburg.

Runners at the 2013 Comrades Marathon. Picture: @Donnette via Twitter.

DURBAN - Thousands of runners have braved the cold and have begun running in the 88th Comrades Marathon which started outside Durban's City Hall.

The 89km race is being run between Durban and Pietermaritzburg.

Reports say runners are in high spirits despite the early 5.30 start this morning.

Meanwhile, the organisers of the marathon put in all the final touches in place to cater for around 18,000 runners.

There will be 48 refreshment stations along the route manned by around 5,000 volunteers.

Runners spend in excess of of 10 hours on the road and require solids and liquids to compete.

Around 2 million water sachets, 38,000 litres of Pepsi Cola and other carbonated drinks, 660,000 sachets of Energade, 600 boxes of bananas, 784 bags of oranges and 800kg of biscuits have been provided for the athletes.

Runners will follow the 89km route and finish the race at the Oval cricket Stadium in Pietermaritzburg.