Qualifying Races

2014 Spirit of Comrades Awards

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The Comrades Marathon Association rewarded some amazing individuals for showcasing the spirit of Comrades at its annual awards gala in Durban recently.


The CATHSSETA Spirit of Comrades awards gala honours select individuals for their very human attributes of selflessness, dedication, perseverance and Ubuntu; combined with their love for The Ultimate Human Race.


The prestigious awards gala has been a defining feature of the CMA since 1996. The Spirit of Comrades recipients were presented with a one-ounce, 24 carat gold medallion, courtesy of CATHSSETA (Culture, Arts, Tourism, Hospitality & Sports Sector Education & Training Authority) as well as a very deserving accolade.


The first Spirit of Comrades awardee was Fiona Scholtz. Fiona is a proud Comrades Green Number runner who has run The Ultimate Human Race 18 times. Three years ago, Fiona was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease which necessitated numerous operations, culminating in major surgery in November last year to remove all affected parts of her intestines. Undeterred, Fiona started her training within weeks of the surgery and completed her 18th Comrades run in 10:42:44. Fiona is lauded for her cheerfulness and encouragement of other runners.


Debbie Schoeman was the second recipient. She has been described as the most selfless person; having sacrificed her 2014 Comrades medal to help another runner who had collapsed 300m before the finish line due to a heart attack. Debbie helped to resuscitate him. By the time he had regained consciousness, Debbie realized that she had missed the cut-off time by 9 minutes. She didn’t mind though thanks to her belief that saving someone’s life is more important than finishing a race.


The final recipients was a husband-wife pair, Joy and Bernard Murphy, who have been attending and supporting the Comrades Marathon for 46 years. For nearly half a century, this amazing couple has only missed the Comrades Marathon once, when Joy had to be hospitalized in 2012. They have not run the race but passionately support it with all they’ve got. Coming from Springs, they are known to support every runner from the Springs Striders and Midrand Striders running clubs as well as just about every other Comrades runner. They can usually be seen at the 26km-to-go marker board where they stock a host of refreshments for the runners. Joy and Bernard will turn 77 and 81 years old respectively this year and their love for Comrades has been described as totally phenomenal.


Another facet of the glitzy evening is the CMA’s Journalist of the Year Award. This is a sincere acknowledgement and appreciation of the important and enduring work of the media and rewards the journalist who has shown a year –long interest in the Comrades Marathon; and in that spirit has generated the most articles on the 2014 Ultimate Human Race. Jacobus Venter was honoured as the top reporter for this year’s race and received a cash reward and due recognition for the great coverage.


The CMA is also mindful of the efforts given off by individuals and organizations who have contributed in a significant way to the Comrades Marathon Association over the years. Due recognition and appreciation was accorded to these do-gooders for their outstanding service or for going beyond the call of duty in adding value to the Comrades Marathon via the CMA’s Certificate of Appreciation. Outgoing major sponsor CATHSSETA was a recipient of this token of appreciation as well as Craig Eldridge for his many years of IT support and backup.


Over the years, the CMA has also recognized key role-players in the Comrades Marathon family. Six deeply deserving individuals were presented in this regard with a CMA Life Membership Award. A member who has rendered outstanding meritorious service to the race shall be eligible for Life Membership of the CMA. This is an acknowledgement and recognition of services rendered to the CMA over a period of time.


CMA Life Membership awards were presented to:


Celi Makhoba who has served on the Executive Committee and the CMA Board for 6 years. He has also served as Convener of the Technical Portfolio for 15 years.


Arnie Glasspoole who has driven the Comrades sweep vehicle for 12 years. He has also assisted with Finish Procedure for 12 years as well as assisting with the Green Number Club for 12 years. He has run the Comrades Marathon 17 times.


Eileen Hall who has been a member of the CMA’s CSI initiative, the Greater Edendale Race for 7 years. She is also the Green Number Club Convener and has been running this portfolio for 5 years. She has also served on the CMA’s Board for two years and has run 10 Comrades Marathons.


Isaac Ngwenya who has served on the Executive Committee for 4 years. He was the CMA Vice Chairman for 2 years and Convener for the Community Marshals for 10 years. He has been the Convener for the Risk & Safety portfolio for 6 years and has run 15 Comrades.


Paula Dixon has served as the convener for the CMA’s Catering portfolio for 15 years all by herself. Her total involvement in this portfolio spans at least 25 years. She has also assisted with other duties and responsibilities. She has supported her husband Dave Dixon who chaired the CMA Board for about six years.


Dudley St John Ward who has served as Finish Procedure Convener for 15 years.


The CMA Honours with Life Membership Award was presented to CMA Chairman, Macdonald Chitja for particularly outstanding meritorious service to the race and for contributing outstanding leadership to CMA. He has served on the Race Organising Committee since 1999, having started volunteering with the Pietermaritzburg Registration portfolio.


He was then co-opted onto the CMA Executive Committee in 2000. Since then, he has been a member of the CMA Board and also held the Vice-Chairman position on several occasions. Over the years, Chitja has held various other portfolios, including being the convener & Chairman of the CMA Transformation Committee. He was also responsible for drafting the current CMA Transformation Policy. Further to that, he also chaired the CMA’s CSI committee for several years as well as well as serving on the Legal & Constitution Committee.


Having a passion for the CMA’s corporate social investment initiatives, Chitja has been the Co-convener of the Edendale Race since its inception in 2007 and will oversee the eight running of this community initiative. Add to that, the fact that he is a proud member of the Green Number Club and has finished the Comrades Marathon 16 times.




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Club Information

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Athletes will not be in possession of their 2016 licenses at the time of entry; however athletes will still have to comply with the rule that they must be licensed through an officially registered athletics club affiliated to Athletics South Africa in order to run the 2016 Comrades Marathon. As with the new qualifying criteria, you will be able to enter for 2016 Comrades Marathon before having received your 2016 license. You will however have to submit your club name and license number to the CMA before or by the 2 May 2016. Failure to submit these details will result in your entry being rejected. 


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Please kindly register your details with Comrades to update your Club Information. This will keep your club information current and correct. This will also ensure that we are able to communicate any developments and forward newsletters to the correct address. If any of your club information changes, kindly update.

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Timing Information

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All entrants must run with their own ChampionChip. Entrants who do not own their own ChampionChip must purchase a chip from ChampionChip Africa, or one of their distributors, prior to entering the event. Runners MUST produce their ChampionChip when collecting their race number. All runners are required to wear a ChampionChip timing device on their shoes for the duration of the race. The chip must be registered in the runner’s name and NOT belong to someone else. Wearing another athlete's Champion Chip will lead to disqualification.



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Qualifying Information

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All entrants must comply with 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 2 May 2016. This can be done either by email or contacting the CMA office. 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 2 May 2016 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 runners t-shirt. UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES WILL REFUNDS BE MADE.




All entrants must qualify by completing an officially recognized race, technically approved by the local athletics federation, according to the following table during the period of 30 August 2015 to 2 May 2016.




DISTANCE OF RACE             


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            

80 km

10 hrs.40 min            

89 km

12 hrs.00 min            

100 km

13 hrs.30 min            




All runners will be seeded according to their qualifying times. Runners who have improved their qualifying times after entering may upgrade their seeding by entering the race name and their finishing time into their registration details on the Comrades Marathon website.

Entrants without access to the internet can contact the CMA and supply their qualifying details to upgrade their seeding.

All qualifying details will be checked and signed off by your club chairperson or licensing officer

No upgrade of seeding will be permitted after 2 May 2016.




42.2 km

48 - 50 km

52 - 54 km

56 km

60 km

64 km

80 km


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BatchMarathon Leg Of Ironman
A 3:30:00
B 3:50:00
C 4:15:00
D 4:40:00
E Green Number Club
F 5:00:00
G 5:20:00
H Official Finisher over 5:20:00

General Rules

The Comrades Marathon race will be run on Sunday, 29 May 2016 starting at 05h30 and finishing at 17h30. The race is run from 'gun to gun'. Entries open on 1 September 2015 and close on 30 November 2015.


Qualifying Info

All qualifying races must comply with ASA rules and technical standards. If you do not supply qualifying details with your entry, you must submit your club, license number and qualifying details. 


Medals | Prizes

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Badges and Medals will be awarded to all official finishers who complete the full distance within the 12-hour cut-off timeframe. Find out what Prize Money is on offer for 2016 including Cash Hot Spots. 


Timing Info

The 2016 Comrades Marathon will be timed using the ChampionChip Timing system. All entrants must run with their own ChampionChip and must produce it when collecting their race number.  


Medical Info

The Comrades Marathon Association, with Dr Jeremy Boulter at the helm of its Medical Portfolio, has its prime focus on the health, safety and wellbeing of its runners. Read more for more information. 


Spirit of Comrades

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The CATHSSETA Spirit of Comrades award is presented to a maximum of three people per annum in recognition of individuals who are esteemed to embody the "Spirit of Comrades"