The perfect theme? Comrades Ma


The perfect theme? Comrades Marathon becomes a Monopoly board game!

A limited number of Comrades Marathon Monopoly boards have been produced to celebrate the centennial year of the world’s largest and oldest ultra-marathon race.

The perfect theme? Comrades Ma


The Comrades Marathons has launched its very own Monopoly board game in what is said to be the “first-ever road race Monopoly in the world!”

Comrades Marathon | Monopoly

Yes, a limited number of Comrades Marathon Centenary Monopoly boards have been produced to celebrate the Century Year of the Comrades Marathon. Those interested can pre-order and buy their exclusive Comrades Marathon Centenary Monopoly now!

“This is an exciting opportunity to extend the camaraderie, competition, and unique experience of marathon running into the home with Marathon Monopoly Boards,” Sportsvendo writes. “Bringing family and friends together for this fun and engaging version of the well known and loved Monopoly games. Usually a solo sport, now marathon runners can share the fun and excitement with their family and friends, for generations to come.”

The Comrades takes place annually in the Kwa-Zulu Natal province between the cities of Durban and Pietermaritzburg. The direction of the race alternates each year between the “Up” Run, starting from Durban and the “Down” Run starting from Pietermaritzburg

The Centenary Comrades Marathon, being celebrated in 2021, is a “Down” Run. The spirit of the Comrades Marathon is said to “Celebrate Mankind’s Spirit over adversity”. 

The perfect theme

Cape Town etc reports that the theme was thought out by Sportsvendo CEO and also a two-time gold medal winner, Leon Swanepoel, who has been involved in the sports industry for 30 years.

“As a Comrades Marathon runner, it struck me one day that the world-famous Comrades Marathon could be the perfect theme for a Monopoly board,” Swanepoel said.

Swanepoel noticed a few years ago that Monopoly began producing their popular board game with other existing brands and points of interest. “I was fascinated and immediately became a collector of  Monopoly board games. There are over 1 000 different themed Monopoly board games, and this includes movies, artists, history, retailers and strong brands in general,” he said.

Swanepoel also said that this board will surely awaken some memories for those who have participated in the Comrades Marathon.

“And now everyone, even those who never participated, can experience it in a different way.”

The Comrades Marathon Monooploy board game features the following:

  • Landmarks on the Down Run – in other words starting in Pietermaritzburg and finishing in Durban.
  • Course records for the Down Run (men/women), as well as the fastest foreign runners on the Down Run (men/women) as the most expensive properties, were used. And, of course, Bruce Fordyce, for his nine wins, is also included.
  • The two traditional tax locations have been replaced with two cut-off times on the Down Run – this is aligned with penalties.
  • For the four traditional Travel Locations, four of the previous “Down” Run finish venue’s in Durban were used.
  • For the two traditional Utility Properties, the Comrades Marathon House and the Comrades Marathon Wall of Honour were used. These two properties are referred to as “Comrades Marathon Visitor Sites”.
  • The Chance and Community Chess cards/questions are branded as Down Run and Up Run, with appropriate “running” references.

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