The Washie 100 is the oldest "100 Mile Race" in South africa.
|Welcome to Washie 100|
The Buffalo Road Runners Club (Buffs) is propably best known for the Washie 100 Miler, which has ensured the Buffs a significant place in the history of road running in the sub-continent.
The 12 runners who finished the race within the stipulated 27 hours could hardly have imagined they were the first of many athletes who would test themselves over a distance almost twice the distance of the Comrades.
The 12 were the trailblazers of other 100 milers that followed in their footsteps. The Washie is held annually, from Port Alfred to East London, with the prize-giving at the Buff's Club on the Sunday morning after the completion of the race.
There are no money prices, but everyone who has completed the Washie wears with great pride the coveted very special tracksuit, and ensure that the handmade trophy given to all finishers has a prime place in the trophy cabinet. The founder chairman of Buffs, Viv Rex, said the first Washie was "a fantastic success - it is here to stay". How right he was.
But perhaps not even the far-seeing Viv could have envisaged that the Washie Ultra Marathon would become the true quality event it is, even regularly attracting international entries. The significance of the event is enhancing the city of East London, and the attendant economic and social benefits, has yet to be fully realised.
The run is considered the ultimate spirit, achievement and comaraderie and each finisher covets the higly presitgious Washie Tracksuit Top.
The run can be summed up by a quote from a previous Washie runner (Stuart Wainwright 2008) and also the lyrics to the Chris Rea song "The Road to hell", played at the start every year...,
"Learn this lesson fast and learn it well, THIS is the road to hell".
The 39th, 2015 Washie 100 Miler will commence on Friday, July 3rd at 17h00, from the Halyards Hotel in Port Alfred.