Frequently Asked Questions

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When will the 2019 Comrades Marathon take place?

Sunday 9 June 2019

Where does it start?

City Hall, Durban

What time does it start?

05h30

Where does it finish?

Scottsvile Race Course - Pietermaritzburg

What is the official distance of the race?

It is an "UP RUN". The race distance is approximately 87km. The distance is subject to change and will be confirmed in the final race instructions.

Where can I get an entry form?

Entry forms will only be available from 19 October 2018.

When do entries close for the 2019 Comrades Marathon?

Entries close on 10 December 2018 FOR ALL RUNNERS INCLUDING INTERNATIONALS, or as soon as the entry cap of 25 000 is reached.

Who enters the race for free?

Runners who have completed 25 Comrades Marathons or more gain free entry to the event.

Are the entry fees refundable?

The entry fees are not refundable under any circumstances. Athletes submitting duplicate entries will be charged for both.

Does the Comrades Marathon accept late entries?

No late entries are accepted.

How will I know if my entry form has been accepted?

An e-mail (if an email address is supplied) will be sent to you once your entry has been processed, or you can check the website for confirmation of entry.

Please check your data carefully upon receipt of your entry confirmation.

What will I need in order to register and collect my race numbers?

You will not be permitted to collect your race numbers without:

Proof of identity (Identity Document, Passport or Driver's License)

Your personal ChampionChip

Can anyone enter the Comrades Marathon?

The race is restricted to runners only. 

How old must I be in order to enter the Comrades Marathon?

The minimum age requirement is that an athlete must be 20 years of age on the day of the race.

Can I run with my pet?

No animals will be permitted on the route.

Can I collect my race numbers on race day?

No race numbers will be issued on the day of the race.

Will I be allowed personal seconding?

No mobile seconding will be permitted. This rule will be strictly enforced with no mobile seconds of any description allowed on the route. Any transgressions will lead to disqualification. A runner may be handed sustenance by a seconder using the stand and hand rule. No other seconding is permitted. See Rules and Information.

What prize money is on offer?

PRIZE MONEY
Position Men Women
Position 1 R500 000,00 R500 000,00
Position 2 R250 000,00  R250 000,00
Position 3 R180 000,00 R180 000,00
Position 4  R90 000,00 R90 000,00
Position 5  R70 000,00 R70 000,00
Position 6 R40 000,00  R40 000,00
Position 7  R35 000,00 R35 000,00
Position 8  R30 000,00 R30 000,00
Position 9  R25 000,00 R25 000,00
Position 10 R20 000,00 R20 000,00

 

Best “UP RUN” Time

Should the Winners (man and woman) of the 2019 Comrades Marathon break the Best Time previously recorded for the “UP Run”, he or she will receive a cash payment of R500 000,00.

 

The Best Time Previously Recorded

05:24:49 by Leonid Shvetsov in 2008

06:09:24 by Elena Nurgalieva in 2006

 

Age Categories

An athlete is not eligible for a prize in more than one age category, i.e. an athlete is only eligible for a prize in the age category applicable to him/her or the younger category chosen by him/her provided he/she is wearing the relevant age category tag. An athlete, male or female, who finishes the race in first to tenth position, may, however, win his/her position prize as well as any applicable age category prize. Unless you specifically request in writing to CMA organisers to change your age category to a lower age category, by 2 May 2019, you will be entered in the age category of your chronological age. Appropriate ASA approved numerical age category tags must be worn on the front and back of the upper body garment and be clearly visible. An athlete must provide positive identification to verify proof of age. These rules apply to both individual and team categories.

 

Age Category Prizes

Position Men Women
40-49 years
Position 1 R20 000,00 R20 000,00
Position 2 R12 000,00 R12 000,00
Position 3 R6 000,00 R6 000,00
     
50-59 years
Position 1 R12 000,00 R12 000,00
Position 2 R6 000,00 R6 000,00
Position 3 R4 000,00 R4 000,00
     
60 years+
Position 1 R6 000,00 R6 000,00
Position 2 R4 000,00 R4 000,00
Position 3 R3 000,00 R3 000,00

 

Team Competition

All team prizes will be calculated on the combined times of the first four(4) club members to finish in the Open (20 – 39 years) category and the first four(4) club members to finish in the 40+ category

. In order to qualify for a team prize an athlete must compete wearing officially registered club colours. The domicile rule will be strictly enforced. Team prizes and rules pertaining to the award thereof will be detailed in the Final Race Instructions.

 

Team Prizes

TEAMS (Amateur/Recreational Clubs)
POSITION MEN WOMEN
Open 20 - 39 years
1st team R16 000,00 R16 000,00
2nd team R12 000,00  R12 000,00
3rd team R8 000,00  R8 000,00
Over 49 years
1st team R12 000,00 R12 000,00
2nd team R8 000,00 R8 000,00
 3rd team R4 000,00 R4 000,00
Professional 
1st Team R32 000,00 R32 000,00

 

South African Runners

The first South African citizen (man and woman) to complete the event will each receive a cash payment of R200 000,00

 

KwaZulu-Natal Athlete

The first KwaZulu-Natal athlete (man and woman) to complete the event will each receive R 45,000.00 from the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Sport and Recreation. A KwaZulu – Natal athlete shall be defined as an athlete domiciled in the province of KwaZulu – Natal, and licensed by KwaZulu – Natal Athletics, but includes any athlete domiciled in KwaZulu – Natal who is registered on the current ASA National List, and who may be licensed in another province.

 

PRIZE MONEY & AWARDS

All prizes including prize money, trophies and/or special medals will only be issued once doping control results have been received and subject to clearance. All prize money is subject to South African tax laws, and may take up to 3 months to process.

May I wear advertising?

The Comrades Marathon is run under the rules of ASA (Athletics South Africa) and the IAAF, which stipulate that no personal sponsors' logos may be worn by an athlete. For more information contact your club or Athletics South Africa.

What must I do to earn a Gold medal?

Gold medals are awarded to the first 10 men and first 10 women to cross the finish line.

What time must I finish in to receive a Wally Hayward medal (Men)?

The Wally Hayward cut-off gun is fired on 6 hours, so you have 5 hours 59 minutes and 59 seconds to earn a Wally Hayward Medal.

What time must I finish in to receive an Isavel Roche-Kelly medal (Women)?

The Isavel Roche-Kelly cut-off gun is fired on 7 hours 30 minutes, so you have 7 hours 29 minutes and 59 seconds to earn an Isavel Roche-Kelly Medal.

What time must I finish in to receive a Silver medal?

The silver cut-off gun is fired on 7 hours 30 minutes, so you have 7 hours 29 minutes and 59 seconds to earn a silver medal. (Please note any female runners who finish the race within the 6 hours to sub 7 hours 30 minutes cut-off will receive an Isavel Roche-Kelly medal and not a silver medal)

In what time must I finish to receive a Bill Rowan medal?

The Bill Rowan cut-off gun is fired on 9 hours, so you have 8 hours 59 minutes and 59 seconds to earn a Bill Rowan medal.

In what time must I finish to receive a Robert Mtshali medal?

The Robert Mtshali cut-off gun is fired on 10 hours, so you have 9 hours 59 minutes and 59 seconds to earn a Robert Mtshali medal.

What time must I finish in to receive a Bronze medal?

The Bronze cut-off gun is fired on 11 hours so you have 10 hours 59 minutes and 59 seconds to earn a Bronze medal.

What time must I finish in to receive a Vic Clapham medal?

The Vic Clapham cut-off gun is fired on 12 hours so you have 11 hours 59 minutes and 59 seconds to earn a Vic Clapham medal.

How long do I have to complete the race?

The final cut-off gun is fired on 12 hours so you have 11 hours 59 minutes and 59 seconds to complete the course and earn a medal.

What is a ChampionChip?

It is a passive transponder (Computer Chip) which you lace onto your shoe and which carries a unique code which is linked to your information in the Comrades Marathon database. When crossing a timing mat on the route and at the finish the system will record your chip code and allocate a time to it.

Where will I find more information on the ChampionChip system?

Check out the ChampionChip Africa website at www.championchip.co.za

Must I have a ChampionChip?

Every runner must own their personal ChampionChip, which they must present at number collection.

Where do I find my ChampionChip code?

The ChampionChip code can be found above the logo on the blue or green ChampionChip. On the yellow chip it is clearly displayed on the cylinder surface.

Can I use any ChampionChip?

No, you may only use your personal ChampionChip as it is linked to an international database of chip owners. It also protects your interest in that your chip if stolen may not be used by another person.

Must International runners also qualify to enter the Comrades Marathon?

Every runner is required to run an official marathon within the qualifying times.

Must I qualify to enter the Comrades Marathon?

You are required to run a qualifying race within the qualifying times as per the qualifying table. A list of South African qualifiers are tabled under INFO - QUALIFIERS.

Distance of race qualifying table

42,2 km

04:49:59

48 - 50 km    

05:49:59

52 - 54 km

06:24:59

56 km

06:44:59

60 km

07:19:59

64 km

07:54:59

68 km

08:29:59

80 km

10:24:59

90 km 11:59:59

100 km

13:29:59

Do International athletes have to follow the same qualifying criteria?

Yes. However it is not a requirement that International athletes have to belong to a running club.

What must I do if I have any other questions?

Email the Comrades Marathon Association This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.