Pietermaritzburg - With over 22 000 entries already in the bag, the Comrades Marathon Association (CMA) has made a final call to aspirant Comrades runners to get their entries in.
There are less than 3 000 entries still available for next year’s Comrades 'Up Run'.
"The Comrades 2019 entry process was due to close on December 10, 2018 but will be shut down as soon as the cap of 25 000 entries has been reached, most probably in the next day or two," CMA Race Director, Rowyn James said.
Athletes from 80 countries have entered The Ultimate Human Race with the lion’s share of international entries coming from the United Kingdom.
The Top 10 countries entered for #Comrades2019 are as follows:
South Africa - 20 040
United Kingdom - 304
Zimbabwe - 188
India - 184
USA - 171
Brazil - 168
Australia - 127
Russia - 67
Botswana - 66
Germany - 60
Entry fees for the 2019 Comrades Marathon are as follows:
South African - R600
Foreign Athletes - Africa/ SADC countries: R1 500
Foreign Athletes - International: R3 800
Runners can enter as follows:
- online via the Comrades Marathon website or app: www.comrades.com
- by posting their completed entry form with proof of payment to the CMA Office: P.O. Box 100621, Scottsville, 3209
- by handing in their completed entry form together with payment at Comrades House, 18 Connaught Road, Scottsville, Pietermaritzburg
The 94th Comrades Marathon will be an Up Run on Sunday, June 9, 2019. The race will start at the Durban City Hall at 05:30 and will end 12 hours later at the Scottsville Racecourse, covering a distance of approximately 87km. This will be the 48th Up Run in Comrades history.
Exciting developments for the 2019 race are the introduction of two new medals, the Isavel Roche-Kelly Medal and the Robert Mtshali Medal; as well as increased prize money for the Top 7 finishers.
Qualifying for #Comrades2019 is applicable as of August 26, 2018 until May 2, 2019.
One change in the qualifying criteria is that athletes must run an official qualifying marathon of 42.2km in under 4:50.