Comrades down run to finish at Moses Mabhida

2017-08-31 11:19
The official poster for the 2018 Comrades Marathon, which was launched in Johannesburg on Wednesday.

The official poster for the 2018 Comrades Marathon, which was launched in Johannesburg on Wednesday. (Supplied)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Participants in next year’s Comrades Marathon “down run” will have a new finish venue. 

This was announced by the Comrades Marathon Association (CMA) at a launch function in Johannesburg on Wednesday.

The iconic Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban will serve as the finish venue for the world’s largest and oldest ultra marathon, replacing Kingsmead Sahara Stadium.

The 93rd edition of the “Ultimate Human Race” will start at the Pietermaritzburg City Hall at 5.30 am on Sunday, June 10 and cover a distance of approximately 89,2 km.

Speaking at the launch, CMA race director Rowyn James said: “We are delighted to announce the new finish venue for 2018.

We have exciting plans in place for next year’s down run.

“We urge our athletes to enter early and take advantage of our early-bird entry fee, especially South African runners. The race will always be on the second Sunday of June going forward.” 

He said that despite the change in the finish venue, the 2016 route and distance would likely remain the same.

“We will have six cut-off points along the route. This year we’ll be putting in two mystery cut-offs that will only be known by myself and few others. It’s an effort to try and address the cheating that goes on, as well.

“Runners can expect the same route as in 2016 — except for the last eight kilometres to avoid the Tollgate highway — with a 12-hour cut-off,” James explained.

South African runner David Gatebe holds the male down run record of 5:18,19 for his 2016 win.

This year’s champion Bongmusa Mthembu, who was in attendance at the launch yesterday, welcomed the venue change, saying it was long overdue.

“I think it’s quite exciting that we will be finishing at Moses Mabhida Stadium. We’ve always [as athletes] hoped that it would change to that and we’re delighted to see it finally happening. We look forward to the next year’s race,” he said. 

The three-month-long entry process will open tomorrow and close on November 30, or as soon as the entry cap of 20 000 has been reached. 

This will be the 46th down run in Comrades history, and the new slogan is “Asijiki”, which means no turning back.
The first man and woman to cross the finish line will receive R440 000 each.

Moreover, the first male and female KwaZulu-Natal runners receive R45 000, while the first South African gets a R200 000 prize each in the men’s and women’s races. Entry fees are as follows:      Early bird: R460 (month of September for both South Africans and the rest of Africa) Local entries: R500 International: R3 300 Entrants from the rest of Africa will pay the same entry fee as local runners.

More details are available on the Comrades Marathon website.

Read more on:    pietermaritzburg  |  comrades marathon

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X

Inside News24

 
Watch: Investing in the future through child development

An investment of R32-million into 11 early childhood development centres is changing the future for children in the Northern Cape.

/Africa
Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.