Com­rades Marathon en­tries closed

Eyethu Baywatch - - SPORT • EZEMIDLALO - Larry Bent­ley

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.

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