Comrades Marathon 2019
UltraMarathon between Durban and Pietermaritzburg - Its' an 'UP' run !
Where does it start?
City Hall, Durban
Scottsvile Race Course - Pietermaritzburg
It is an "UP RUN". The race distance is approximately 87km. The distance is subject to change and will be confirmed in the final race instructions.
Entries close on 10 December 2018 FOR ALL RUNNERS INCLUDING INTERNATIONALS, or as soon as the entry cap of 25 000 is reached.
Runners who have completed 25 Comrades Marathons or more gain free entry to the event.
The entry fees are not refundable under any circumstances. Athletes submitting duplicate entries will be charged for both.
No late entries are accepted.
An e-mail (if an email address is supplied) will be sent to you once your entry has been processed, or you can check the website for confirmation of entry. Please check your data carefully upon receipt of your entry confirmation.
You will not be permitted to collect your race numbers without:
Proof of identity (Identity Document, Passport or Driver's License)
Your personal ChampionChip
The race is restricted to runners only.
The minimum age requirement is that an athlete must be 20 years of age on the day of the race.
No animals will be permitted on the route.
No race numbers will be issued on the day of the race.
THE ENTRY FEE IS NON-REFUNDABLE.
This ultramarathon is the world's oldest and biggest and is run over a gruelling up and down course. The route has been nicknamed "the big five" due to the five hills that have to be negotiated by the runners. The elevation points along the course route are as follows; Polly Shortts, Tumble Inn, Umlaas Road, Camperdown, Cato Ridge Subway, Inchanga, Drummond, Botha's Hill, Winston Park, Top of Fields Hill, Pinetown and Cowies Hill.
For spectators its really worth catching the start of this race. As the racers mingle at the start there is loud music playing, the sound of hundreds of mynah birds in the background interspersed with the music from "Chariots of Fire". The start of the race is begun with a cannon shot and it takes almost seven minutes for all the runners to get through the start line.
The first Comrades Marathon took place in 1921 and has taken place annually except for 1941 to 1945 due to the Second World War. Indeed it was Vic Clapham, a war veteran of the First World War, that came up with the idea of an endurance race to commemorate all the South African lives lost during the war and so the Comrades Marathon was born.
In running circles the Comrades is known as the Ultimate Human Race with a time limit of 12 hours set as the cut off for runners to complete the 89km route. This time limit increased in 2003 when it was only 11 hours.
For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org
International runners wishing to enter the 2019 race can do so on online on the Comrades website.