Window still open to enter Comrades

2017-03-31 06:02


COMRADES Marathon runners who missed the 2017 Comrades Marathon registration deadline have until mid-April to take advantage of the ultra-marathon’s substitution rule allowing runners to replace registered athletes withdrawing from the race.

The substitution processes that opened last Tuesday will close on April 14.

According to the race organisers, athletes can download entry forms as well as the comprehensive list of rules and regulations governing the substitution process on the official Comrades Marathon website - www.comrades.com

“The Substitution Rule has been very well received by our runners, with more athletes taking over the entries of those runners who are unable to participate on race day due to illness, injury or non-qualification,” Comrades Marathon race director Rowyn James said.

The rule should be seen in a positive­ light as it had contributed to an increase in the number of athletes taking part in the race, James said,

“The Substitution Rule has therefore ensured that as many athletes as possible have the opportunity to participate in the Comrades Marathon.

“We urge our runners to get their applications in as soon as the process opens,” she said.

This year’s edition is again expected to draw thousands of runners from across the globe, with organisers aiming to get 20 000 runners participating.

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