The 2022 Comrades race date is tentative.  Once the date has been confirmed, details will be updated. 

Comrades 89K

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Event Information

RACE DATE:  June 14, 2020



The approximately 89K runs from Pietermaritzburg to Durban in the even numbered years and from Durban to Pietermaritzburg in the odd numbered years.  The 2020 race is a “DOWN RUN” starting at the City Hall in Pietermaritzburg and finishing at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban. The race distance is approximately 90.2km.  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 $330 per race entry (with chip).  Entry only is not available.

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 bailer bus and be transported to the finish venue should they not have reached the cut-off points within the specified time. For more specific information please refer directly to the Comrades website:

QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENT:  All qualifying races must be ASA technically compliant and meet the Comrades Marathon qualifying criteria. You must submit your qualifying race details by no later than May 4, 2020. This can be done either by email, contacting the CMA office, updating your details online or by instructing your club administrator to do so for you. Qualifying details will NOT be accepted at Race Registration. Failure to meet the qualifying criteria will result in your entry being rejected. No seeding upgrades will be accepted after May 4, 2020 and particularly at Race Registration. 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.

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

QUALIFYING TABLE:  A qualifying race must be completed between August 24, 2019 and May 4, 2020 and the details submitted / updated to the organizers. Note for the 2020 race and beyond the qualification period will align with the opening date of entries.

42.2 km 4:49:59
48 - 50 km 5:49:59
52 - 54 km 6:24:59
56 km 6:44:59
60 km 7:19:59
64 km 7:54:59
68 km 8:29:59
80 km 10:24:59
89 km 11:59:59
100 km 13:29:59


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: