Five times Comrades Marathon winner Jackie Mekler dies

Jackie Mekler
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The oldest surviving Comrades Marathon winner, Jackie Mekler, has passed away at the age of 87.


Mekler won the Ultimate Human Race between Durban and Pietermaritzburg five times.

The first time in 1958 and the last time in 1968.

He completed it 12 times and collected 10 gold, one silver and one bronze medal.


He recently published a book titled “Running Alone”.


It was launched at this year’s Comrades Expo, and was met with great enthusiasm, support and admiration. The first print of the book was sold out within three days.