Anticipation rises as 2017 Comrades reaches 20 000 cap

2016-12-01 06:00
PHOTO: IAN CARBUTT Comrades Marathon Association information technology co-ordinator Kyle Govender (left) signed off the last Comrades Marathon 2017 entry form, while media liaison Delaine Cools holds the last forms that were accepted before the cut-off at Comrades House on Tuesday.

PHOTO: IAN CARBUTT Comrades Marathon Association information technology co-ordinator Kyle Govender (left) signed off the last Comrades Marathon 2017 entry form, while media liaison Delaine Cools holds the last forms that were accepted before the cut-off at Comrades House on Tuesday.

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IF you were planning on taking on the 2017 Comrades Marathon, you will have to wait another year.

The Comrades Marathon Association (CMA) said that the entry cap of 20 000 athletes was reached on Tuesday morning, necessitating the closure of the entry process.

Runner Michael Makhudu, who couldn’t hide his excitement, said he has known for a few months that he wanted to take part in the race, but was discouraged after hearing that entries had closed.

“I’d given up on entering until my friend told me on Monday that there’s about 33 entries left and that we’d better enter quickly. I feel very lucky and I’m super-excited,” said Makhudu.

Entries for the Comrades 2017 opened on 1 September and were expected to close on Wednesday, but the targeted 20 000 cap was reached on Tuesday.

Makhudu expressed his great intention to finish the race in the top 10 next year.

In 2017 the race will be an “up run”, starting at the Durban City Hall at 5.30am and finishing at 5.30pm at the Scottsville Race Course in Pietermaritzburg, covering a distance of around 88km.

The 92nd edition of the ultimate human race is expected to once again boost the province’s economy by R600 million.

Marathon organisers confirmed that the round figure stood at 20 002 entries, excluding postal entries.

‘‘As we currently stand we have reached the 20 000 cap targeted for the event, but there are still postal entries yet to be counted.

“We’re looking at around 21 000 entries overall,’’ said the CMA media liaison, Delaine­ Cools.

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