467Colleen set to return to race in SA with KPMG. The KPMG Running Club has secured former South African and four time Olympian Colleen De Reuck to return to South Africa to race in the Old Mutual Two Oceans marathon and Comrades Marathon in 2016. De Reuck (51) clocked an astounding 2 hours 49 minutes at the United States Olympic Trials a few weeks ago although she did say that the heat in Los Angeles played havoc with her plans to go slightly faster. “It was pretty warm for us Colorado folks as we haven’t seen anything above 4 degrees of late and it was around 25 degrees during the trials race.

There were many drop outs. It was not a stellar effort but I was pleased with it none the less” Colleen, the 2004 USA Olympic Trials Marathon winner, said. The drop-out rate was exceptionally high indeed with 62 men (37 percent of the field) and 50 women (25 percent) failing to finish.

Pierre Jacobs, marketing director at KPMG said: “To have someone of Colleen’s stature teaming up with defending champion, Caroline Wostmann in the Two Oceans and Comrades marathons is very exciting for KPMG. We will learn from someone who has been a consistent performer at the highest level over many years. Colleen is a running legend and further showcases KPMG’s drive and commitment to diversity by supporting and promoting women in sport and business alike.”

De Reuck, who finished in ninth place in the Barcelona Olympic Games marathon in 1992 in green and gold, became an American citizen in 2000 and represented her adopted country on the track, in cross country and on the road with distinction, gaining an individual bronze medal, a silver and bronze team medal at the World XC Championship. In 1996, she competed in the 10,000m finals at the Atlanta Olympic Games where she finished 13th (32:14.69).This two time world best record holder also won the Berlin, Copenhagen and Honolulu Marathons and countless other races around the world.

However, one of her most impressive performances was at the 2015 Ironman World Championship in her debut in triathlon’s most famous race in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. She finished in 10:30:41 in 642nd place out of 2,367 competitors and 47th among 662 women in the field. More notably, she was the top female finisher in the 50-54 age group after a storming marathon finish in 3:19, the 18th fastest clocking of the day amongst all females including the Pros. She set 10 American Masters road race records in the 40– 44 and 45–49 age groups, with times ranging from a 15:48 5K at age 40 to a 1:16:19 half marathon and 2:30:51 marathon when she was 46.

“I’ve always wanted to run Comrades, as my Dad did and then KPMG suggested that I use the Old Mutual Two Oceans marathon as a stepping stone in building up to the massive Comrades distance. I am really excited about running back on my old turf as I was born and raised in Mandini, Kwa Zulu Natal. However first I have to produce a good run in Cape Town and then we’ll know what to expect in Durban on 29 May.” De Reuck said.

Brother Colin Lindeque was himself a fine runner while her husband of 27 years, Darren is her coach and finished 4th at Two Oceans in his debut back in 1992. The couple who have two daughters, Tasmin and Tara, have a very successful coaching business in Boulder Colorado, where they have lived for the past 23 years.

 “For us to return to race in South Africa will be superb and we look forward to seeing old friends, competitors and family. KPMG have been amazing and I have been fascinated to see what they’ve achieved with their youth development program over there. I can’t wait to see it for

myself.” De Reuck added.

Trevor Hoole, CEO of KPMG in South Africa remarked that KPMG is delighted to be associated with a remarkable achiever like Colleen, someone who he believes has a clear purpose in life, and hence is busy redefining what is possible for women of all ages. Colleen and Caroline will be hosting a KPMG pasta evening before the Old Mutual Two Oceans marathon on Thursday 24 March in Cape Town.

More details are available on the Modern Athlete Magazine’s website: modernathlete.co.za or you can contact KPMG’s running club manager, Dana Coetzee on 076 5784466.