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Comrades Marathon, KwaZulu-Natal   9th June 2019

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City Hall Durban
Anton Lembede Street,
Durban, 4000, KwaZulu-Natal

Comrades Marathon 2019

UltraMarathon between Durban and Pietermaritzburg - Its' an 'UP' run !

Pietermaritzburg Accommodation

Durban Accommodation

The Comrades Marathon this year will be run over a distance of 89km. The race, which will be run on Sunday 9th June 2019, starts at 5.30am in Durban and finishes at approximately 17.30pm in Pietermaritzburg.  It is an "UP RUN" starting at the City Hall in Durban and finishing at The Scottsville Racecourse in Pietermaritzburg. The race distance is approximately 88 km. The distance is subject to change and will be confirmed in the final race instructions.
Frequently asked questions abouth the Comrades Marathon

Where does it start?
City Hall, Durban
What time does it start?
Where does it finish?
Scottsvile Race Course - Pietermaritzburg
What is the official distance of the race?
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.
Where can I get an entry form?
Entry forms will only be available from 19 October 2018.
When do entries close for the 2019 Comrades Marathon?
Entries close on 10 December 2018 FOR ALL RUNNERS INCLUDING INTERNATIONALS, or as soon as the entry cap of 25 000 is reached.
Who enters the race for free?
Runners who have completed 25 Comrades Marathons or more gain free entry to the event.
Are the entry fees refundable?
The entry fees are not refundable under any circumstances. Athletes submitting duplicate entries will be charged for both.
Does the Comrades Marathon accept late entries?
No late entries are accepted.
How will I know if my entry form has been 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.
What will I need in order to register and collect my race numbers?
You will not be permitted to collect your race numbers without:
Proof of identity (Identity Document, Passport or Driver's License)
Your personal ChampionChip
Can anyone enter the Comrades Marathon?
The race is restricted to runners only. 
How old must I be in order to enter the Comrades Marathon?
The minimum age requirement is that an athlete must be 20 years of age on the day of the race.
Can I run with my pet?
No animals will be permitted on the route.
Can I collect my race numbers on race day?
No race numbers will be issued on the day of the race.


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 info@comrades.com

International runners wishing to enter the 2019 race can do so on online on the Comrades website.