Fuelled-up CMA clear up cut-off times confusion

2018-04-25 06:02
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A NEW fuel sponsor has been secured by the Comrades Marathon Association (CMA), but participants need not seach for a miracle propellant for their own bodies on Sunday, June 10, because the cut-off times are not much different from the previous Down Run.

The CMA were on Tuesday happy to announce Caltex as a “fuel provider partner to The Ultimate Human Race” in their basket of sponsors
for the marathon from Pieter­maritzburg to Durban in two months’ time.

CMA general manager Chris Fisher said: “The CMA has partnered with international brands over the years and we are proud to welcome Caltex as a partner to the Comrades Marathon for the next three years.

“Not only will Caltex be our fuel provider; they will also exercise forecourt branding promotions at Caltex forecourts along the route. In addition, they will assume naming rights to the Comrades Marathon Cartoon Route Maps so runners can expect some innovative marketing plans around these.”

Meanwhile, CMA race director Rowyn James said the cut-off times for the race were pretty much the same as those of the 2016 Down Run.

This is contrary to reports elsewhere which stated runners had to move much faster than before from the 6 am start in Pietermaritzburg as a result of the new cut-offs, which were released two days ago.

James said: “The times are more or less the same as the ones used before.

“They are based on the well-being of athletes, in that if a runner does not make the cut-off time, they are not likely to finish the race in time.

“We also have to clear the roads of runners from the back so they can be opened to traffic again.”

The first cut-off will be applied at Lion Park and is two hours and 30 minutes. This will be followed by Cato Ridge, Drummond, Winston Park, Pinetown and, finally, Sherwood at 11 hours.

James reiterated that cut-offs had been carefully worked out with input from coaching staff and based on reasonable distance/time calculations.

“Should a runner not make any one of the cut-offs within the allotted time, they will then need to board one of the provided bailer buses for transportation through to the finish,” he added.

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