Comrades Marathon entries closed
RUNNERS who have as yet not registered for next year’s Comrades Marathon will have to wait for the substitution period from 1 March to 15 April.
CMA Chairperson Cheryl Winn says, ‘We regret that there may be some runners who were hoping to secure an entry to next year’s Comrades Marathon but somehow missed out.’
Winn recommends all runners to keep training and stick to their fitness goals.
The cap of 25 000 athletes was reached within a week of entries being opened.
Athletes from 80 countries have entered the 2019 edition of The Ultimate Human Race.
CMA Race Director, Rowyn James says, ‘The response from the running community, both local and international, has been nothing short of amazing.
‘We are delighted to be welcoming athletes from 80 countries.’
James said, ‘The Entries Team is still busy capturing manual entries onto the system.’
South Africa accounts for 20 633 of the entries, with the United Kingdom (308 runners) filling the second spot.
Zimbabwe and India are next with 189 and 186 entries respectively.
The 2019 Comrades Marathon is the 94th edition of the world’s most famous ultra-marathon and the 48th Comrades ‘Up Run’.
It starts at 5.30am outside the Durban City Hall and finishes 12 hours later at the Scottsville Racecourse in Pietermaritzburg.