The Comrades Marathon Association (CMA) has welcomed its newly appointed Race Director. Rowyn James joins the association as of next month and will oversee the 89th edition of the worldâ€™s greatest ultra-marathon, come 1 June 2014.
Rowyn brings with him a wealth of race organising skills and experience; having been the former General Manager and Race Director of the Two Oceans Marathon in Cape Town.
He has also previously worked as the Sports Marketing Manager of Nike South Africa; was a member of the Deloitte Pretoria Marathon organising committee for 8 years; and is a qualified Athletics South Africa level 2 official. Rowyn is also the proud owner of 15 Comrades Marathon medals.
Rowynâ€™s previous work experience and his love for road-running will be a boost to his new position. The largest part of his working career has been within the sporting industry with particular emphasis on road running.
On his appointment, he says, â€œI am honoured and privileged to have been appointed to this position and thank the CMA Board for the faith and trust they have placed in me; thereby enabling me to achieve my lifelong dream of being a part of the iconic Comrades Marathon Association.â€
He adds, â€œKey for me will be to maintain and enhance the wealth of knowledge and experience of my fellow team players which already exists; and work with them in enhancing new innovations and strategies which will continue to propel the Comrades Marathon forward, whilst acknowledging and respecting the rich culture, history and tradition of the race.â€
Rowyn continues, â€œI have a passion for athletics and in particular road running and being able to channel that passion and knowledge towards the number one road running event in South Africa is paramount; thereby enhancing the overall runnersâ€™ experience of the Comrades Marathon.â€
On having completed 15 Comrades Marathons, Rowyn says, â€œI have been fortunate and blessed to have finished 15 journeys of my own, so I can attest to the spirit of camaraderie that exists in the months leading up to race day and indeed on race day itself. Itâ€™s an opportunity for each and every participant to â€œmake excellence happenâ€.
CMA General Manager, Chris Bruwer says, â€œTogether with the rest of the Comrades Marathon team, we are thrilled to welcome Rowyn to the Comrades Marathon family. With Rowyn overseeing the 2014 Ultimate Human Race, we aim to give all participants an unbelievable race day experience and ensure the continuity and sustainability of this iconic brand that is the Comrades Marathon.â€
CMA Chairman, Macdonald Chitja says, â€œWe are pleased to announce the appointment of Rowyn James as the new CMA Race Director. The Board is relieved that the Race Director position has been filled. Rowyn has all the qualities to be a very successful Race Director and we wish him well.â€
Soure: Comrades Marathon