Musa Zweni

I started running socially at the end of 2017 after I decided to stop playing soccer due to various injuries I was picking up during and post play. Although I found the transition from soccer to running a bit easier because of the elevated levels of fitness gained from playing soccer, running still came with its own challenges and of course lessons. My first 10km sub 46 minutes official race time gave me enough confidence that if I committed myself to the training I could do better. Thus began my running story.

I participated in various short distance trail and road races, placing podium in few, but I would later find that I enjoyed running long distances. I prematurely entered the 2017 Two Oceans Marathon finishing in just under 6hours. With a bit more preparation, I ran my first Comrades Marathon in 2019 finishing in 8:56:57. Post race, I dedicated time to researching the various elements of the sport, such as structured training programs and nutrition because I believed I was capable of faster times. I would shave off more than 2hours at the 2022 edition and followed that with a personal best time of 5:58:46 at the 2023 Comrades Marathon, scooping one of the most sought medals in the race, the Wally Hayward medal.

Running is more than sport for me; it has become a way of life and has given me a sense of purpose, and my goal is to be a Two Oceans and Comrades Marathon gold medalist and to represent South Africa at the 50km and 100km World Championships.