The Comrades Marathon Association (CMA) has announced its decision to cancel the Comrades Marathon scheduled for 13 June.
After having undertaken late last year to make an announcement regarding requirements for qualification and the staging of the 2021 Comrades Marathon by mid-February, the CMA’s decision to cancel the event comes as an enormous disappointment to runners.
Even though the CMA held out hope that the nation’s most unifying road running event would be hosted in its centenary year, the board is determined that the health, safety and welfare of Comrades runners, officials, volunteers and the general public remain paramount.
The third wave of Covid-19 infections expected around the middle of the year makes the hosting of any mass event in the near future highly unlikely.
CMA chairperson, Cheryl Winn, has urged runners to accept and respect the CMA’s decision – which has been made in conjunction with KwaZulu-Natal Athletics, Athletics South Africa and government restrictions – to cancel the event.
However, the CMA has confirmed that its second virtual Comrades Marathon will take place on Sunday, 13 June.
Similar to last year’s successful inaugural Race the Comrades Legends event, which saw 43 788 participants from more than 100 nations uniting in a single virtual event, participants will again be able to run in any location.
The Comrades centenary celebrations will also take place. As the very first Comrades Marathon took place on Tuesday, 24 May 1921, the CMA will launch its centenary celebrations on Monday, 24 May.
Details regarding the virtual event and the celebrations will be shared in due course.