Modern Athlete Magazine Issue 161 September 2023 | Page 32


Long Wait Finally Over

They say that if at first you don ’ t succeed , try and try again until you do . Well , Eugene Lekay must have that advice imprinted on his psyche , because the man who has started the Comrades Marathon 21 times in the last 25 years finally earned his 10th medal in 2023 and claimed his Comrades race number 17696 in perpetuity . This is his story of a quarter of a century journey to a Green Number , with numerous challenges along the way , but also a testament to one runner ’ s determination to achieve his goal . – BY SEAN FALCONER
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Eugene Lekay in the closing stages of the 2023 Comrades Marathon , on his way to his Green Number at last