The Comrades Marathon Association (CMA) has issued an advisory alert to all athletes and supporters for race day, Sunday, 10 June 2018.
CMA Race Director, Rowyn James has advised Comrades Marathon runners and supporters to heed the following advice.
Route to Finish
For family, friends and supporters making their way into Durban from out on the Comrades route to meet up with their runner please use the following recommended route so as to avoid any potential delays in the city due to the way that the runners will be entering the city precinct.
Take the N3 towards Durban and at the E B Cloete Interchange (otherwise known as Spaghetti Junction) take the N2 North towards Umhlanga/ King Shaka International Airport. Take the Umgeni Road (Exit 170) Interchange fly over and proceed along Umgeni Road, passing Makro on your right hand side.
After 4km turn left into Smiso Nkwanyana Road and then right into Masabalala Yengwa Avenue. From here various advertised parking options will be available for you to use.
As the N3 highway from Durban into Pietermaritzburg at the Market Road off-ramp area will be reduced down to one lane as of 3am (to allow for fence construction as the race will be run on this section of the highway) there is definitely going to be congestion and a bottle neck effect happening here as athletes make their way to the start.
We strongly recommend and caution you that to avoid any unnecessary stress of getting caught up in this congestion that you leave Durban 45 minutes earlier than you were originally anticipating to, in order to pass through this reduced lane area on your way to the start with minimal disruption or stress.
James adds, “Please heed the advice on this alert and leave Durban EARLIER than originally planned. Note that the start of the race will NOT be delayed for latecomers.”