Comrades 89K

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Event Information

RACE DATE:  June 10, 2018


COURSE: It is a “DOWN RUN” starting at the City Hall in Pietermaritzburg and finishing in Durban. The race distance is approximately 89km. The distance is subject to change and will be confirmed in the final race instructions.

TEMPERATURE: Conditions are usually perfect for fast times with expected temperatures ranging from 50 to 65 degrees. Humidity is low.

ENTRY FEE: Entries are now sold out on the Comrades website.  Guaranteed entry is available when booked with our five night package.  The cost is $299.00 per race entry.  Entry only is not available.

TIME LIMIT: The course time limit is 12 hours and strictly upheld and will finish at 5:30 pm. The race is run from 'gun to gun'.  

QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENT:  All qualifying races must comply with the ASA rules, technical standards and the Comrades Marathon qualifying criteria. If you do not supply qualifying details with your entry, you must submit your club name, license number and qualifying details by no later than 02 May 2018. This can be done either by email, contacting the CMA office or updating your details online. Qualifying details will NOT be accepted at registration. Failure to meet the qualifying criteria will result in your entry being rejected. No seeding upgrades will be accepted after 02 May 2018 and particularly at registration. Therefore, please note that you will not be able to participate and your details will be removed from our database, which means that you will NOT receive a goodie bag or runner’s t-shirt.

QUALIFYING TABLE:  A qualifying race must be completed between 27 August 2017 and 02 May 2018 and the details submitted / updated to the organizers. NOTE THAT A 2017 OFFICIAL COMRADES FINISH CAN NOT BE USED AS A QUALIFIER TOWARDS 2018.

42.2 km 5 hrs.00 min
48 - 50 km 6 hrs.00 min
52 - 54 km 6 hrs.30 min
56 km 7 hrs.00 min
60 km 7 hrs.40 min
64 km 8 hrs.20 min
68 km 9 hrs. 00 min
80 km 10 hrs.40 min
89 km 12 hrs.00 min
100 km 13 hrs.30 min

TIME LIMITS & CUT OFFS: The race is run from “gun to gun”. The cut-off times for these points will be confirmed in the final race instructions. The CMA reserves the right to alter these positions and times. Runners will be required to board a rescue bus and be transported to the finish venue should they not have reached the cut-off points within the specified time.  The cut-off points will be clearly sign posted.

(Subject to Change)


Lion Park 02:40 (08h10)
Cato Ridge 04:30 (10h00)
Drummond (Halfway) 06:10 (11h40)
Winston Park 08:10 (13h40)
St. Johns Avenue 09:30 (15h00)
Sherwood 11:10 (16h40)

Please note that these times and positions are subject to change should the organizers deem it necessary. The final cut-off is at 12 hours (17h30) and if you have not reached the Finish, you must leave the route and retire from the race immediately.

NUMBER PICKUP: You must collect your (2) Comrades Marathon Bonitas race numbers, FREE runner’s t-shirt and Goodie Bag from the venue you have indicated on your entry form. Should you have placed an order for a ChampionChip with your entry form, the chip will be in your race number pack and can ONLY be collected from the registration venue you have indicated. The ChampionChip ordered with the entry form will NOT be issued before registration dates. Should you wish to use your chip for qualifying races before the Comrades Marathon, please contact ChampionChip directly. These items will not be posted to you. It is important to note the following when collecting your race number package:

  • All runners MUST produce their ChampionChip when collecting their race number.
  • All runners MUST provide proof of identity to collect their race number pack e.g. ID book, Passport or Driver’s License. Along with your race entry confirmation.
  • NO race numbers will be issued on race day.

DIFFICULTY: Challenging! Ultra-marathon with strict time limit. 

For more specific information please refer directly to the Comrades website: