The 92nd Comrades Marathon will be an up-run on Sunday, 4 June 2017. The race starts at the Durban City Hall at 05h30 and ends 12 hours later at the Scottsville Race Course in Pietermaritzburg, covering a distance of approximately 90km.
The opening date for entries is 1 September 2016. The entry period closes on 30 November 2016 or as soon as the entry cap of 20,000 has been reached. Prospective entrants are encouraged to get their entries in early to avoid disappointment.
Entry fees for the 2017 Comrades Marathon are as follows:
• Local Entries : R 460.00
• Rest of Africa : R 770.00
• International : R2650.00
South African runners will be eligible for the ‘early bird’ entry fee of R420 if their entry is received before 30 September 2016. The regular South African entry fee of R460 will kick in on 1 October 2016 until the entry process closes.
Entry is free to all runners who have completed the Comrades Marathon 25 times or more.
Runners can enter as follows:
• online via the Comrades Marathon website: www.comrades.com;
• by posting their completed entry form with proof of payment to the CMA Office in Pietermaritzburg:
P.O. Box 100621, Scottsville, 3209;
• by handing in their completed entry form together with payment at Comrades House, 18 Connaught Road, Scottsville, Pietermaritzburg.
Qualifying for the 2017 Comrades Marathon will be applicable from 27 August 2016 till 1 May 2017. Runners are advised that the 2016 Comrades Marathon will not be an automatic qualifier for next year’s race.
CMA Race Director, Rowyn James says, ‘We have amazing plans in place to ensure a great race day come Sunday, 4 June 2017. We urge our runners to enter early and take advantage of our Early Bird Entry Fee, specifically for South African runners.’
CMA Chairperson, Macdonald Chitja says: ‘We are excited to unveil our 2017 Comrades Marathon campaign here today. Comrades Marathon runners are a unique band of individuals who will attest to the demanding nature of this ultimate human race. We welcome all of our runners, supporters and stakeholders to share in the indomitable Comrades spirit of camaraderie and goodwill on race day on Sunday, 4 June 2017.’
The main events will be the Time Trial, Pursuit, Team Sprint and Scratch races.
Cycling South Africa’s President, William Newman, said: “We are very happy to be awarded yet another prominent World Championship event in Pietermaritzburg. It is fantastic for our Para-cyclists, and it is the first time that the Para-cycling Track World Champs will be coming to Africa. We are very proud to be hosting the event.
“It is a great opportunity for our Para-cyclists to be competing in an event of this stature, on home soil, and a fantastic accolade for Pietermaritzburg to once again host an event of a high calibre.
Cycling SA’s General Manager, Mike Bradley, said: “Being awarded yet another world-class, international cycling event supports the continuation of the Africa “Bike City” concept. We are appreciative of the support of the KwaZulu-Natal provincial government in sharing our vision in creating Pietermaritzburg as our City of Cycling. Having the event on home soil is the best opportunity for our athletes to qualify for Rio 2016 in our own country.”
The city of Pietermaritzburg has hosted, and will host, some of the most prestigious cycling events on the global calendar. In August 2013, the first ever UCI MTB and Trials World Championships held on African soil was hailed a great success. This followed the 2010 UCI BMX World Championships and the 2012 UCI World Cycling Tour Final.
In addition, Pietermaritzburg has hosted the 2013 UCI MTB Masters World Champs, the 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2014 UCI MTB World Cups and the 2013 UCI World Cycling Tour. Coming soon later this month is the 2014 Rainbow Challenge, 2014 UCI MTB Marathon World Champs and 2014 UWCT, with the hosting of the 2015 Confederation of African Cycling Forum to take place next year.