2012 Comrades Marathon winner Ludwick Mamabolo will now run in the colours of the University of Limpopo (UL). This is after Mamabolo recently joined the UL Athletics Club as both a runner and trainer. The 46-year-old, who hailed from Ga-Mamabolo, outside Polokwane, brings a vast knowledge of road running and invaluable track and field experience.


He has over 20 years of running experience and is expected to continue to compete in some of the country’s premier marathons and ultra-marathons. Including the Ultimate Human Race and Comrades, which he won in 2012.

Mamabolo also finished in the top 20 in the 2022 edition of the ultramarathon. This as he prepares himself for another shot at the title in June 2023. He will also train and mentor young athletes from the University and the community who look up to him as a champion to follow in his footsteps.


“Joining the University of Limpopo Athletics is like a dream coming true,” he said. “Finally I’m back home and looking forward to sharing the experience and knowledge that I have accumulated over a period of 20 years.

“It will be an interesting and exciting chapter to work with young and upcoming athletes. Especially grooming them and giving them advice so that they can reach the highest in their running careers,” he said.

Ludwick Mamabolo joins University of Limpopo Athletics Club
Ludwick Mamabolo joins University of Limpopo Athletics Club

Mamabolo has already competed in the colours of the University, since joining the club. His first race was the Wolfpack Marathon in Tzaneen. He finished third, making the podium alongside another teammate, Ananias Masila, who finished second.

“It is an honour to have a local of Ga-Mamabolo,” said Victor Kgomoeswana, Executive Director of Marketing and Communication at UL.

“A native of Limpopo Province, and a marathon great. Especially an ultramarathoner who won the Comrades Marathon, embrace this University and train our students and community members to follow in his footsteps.”

Meanwhile, Sonica Fritz, Acting Director of Sport and Recreation, said that the Department was delighted to have Limpopo-born Mamabolo join UL.

“He will be involved in getting our students and community members active and starting to enjoy marathon running. We are looking forward to the influence that Mamabolo will have at UL regarding athletics.”


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