The Badges and Medals will be awarded to all official finishers who complete the full distance within the 12-hour cut-off.
Distance of race qualifying table
First 10 Men and Women
Position 11 to sub 6hrs 00min
6hrs 00min to sub 7hrs 30 mins
7hrs 30 min to sub 9hrs 00min
9hrs 00min to sub 11hrs 00min
11hrs 00min to sub 12hrs 00min
Back 2 Back
Awarded to novices that complete
an "Up" and "Down" run consecutively
Position Men Women
Position 1 400,000.00 400,000.00
Position 2 200,000.00 200,000.00
Position 3 150,000.00 150,000.00
Position 4 75,000.00 75,000.00
Position 5 60,000.00 60,000.00
Position 6 36,000.00 36,000.00
Position 7 32,000.00 32,000.00
Position 8 27,000.00 27,000.00
Position 9 22,000.00 22,000.00
Position 10 18,000.00 18,000.00
Best "Down Run" Time
Should the Winners (man and woman) of the 2016 Comrades Marathon break the Best Time previously recorded for the "Down Run", he or she will receive a cash payment of R 400,000.
Cash Hot Spots
R 10,000.00 for the first runner (man and woman) to the designated position before Halfway.
R 15,000.00 for the first runner (man and woman) to the Halfway.
R 20,000.00 for the first runner (man and woman) to the designated position after Halfway.
These Hot Spots positions will be confirmed in the Final Race Instructions. The runner must complete the race within the 7hours 30minutes cut-off in order to qualify for these prizes.
An athlete is not eligible for a prize in more than one age category, ie. 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. you will be entered in the age category of your chronological age. If an age category finisher is in the first four (4), of his/her club, he/she will count in the open team prize, and will therefore not be eligible for the 40+ team(ASA rules 11.3 - 11.8 inclusive). Appropriate 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
40 - 49 years
Position 1 16,000.00 16,000.00
Position 2 11,000.00 11,000.00
Position 3 5,500.00 5,500.00
50 - 59 years
Position 1 11,000.00 1,000.00
Position 2 5,500.00 5,500.00
Position 3 4,500.00 4,500.00
60 years +
Position 1 5,500.00 5,500.00
Position 2 4,500.00 4,500.00
Position 3 3,000.00 3,000.00
All team prizes will be calculated on the combined times of the first four club members to finish in each category (IAAF Rule 141 and ASA Rule 11.7). If an age category finisher is in the first four (4) of his/her club, he/she will count in the open team (20 to 39) and therefore not be eligible for the 40+ team. In order to qualify for a team prize an athlete must compete wearing officially registered club colours. There is NO Professional Team Prize. Team prizes and rules pertaining to the award thereof will be detailed in the Final Race Instructions. The domicile rule will be strictly enforced. No athlete may run for another club team other than the club team registered in the province in which they domicile, unless the athlete is registered on the current ASA National List.
DOES NOT APPLY TO FOREIGN ATHLETES.
Category TeamsMen Women
Open 20 - 39 years
1st Team 16,800.00 (4xR4,200) 16,800.00 (4xR4,200)
2nd Team 12,800.00 (4xR3,200) 12,800.00 (4xR3,200)
3rd Team 8,800.00 (4xR2,200) 8,800.00 (4xR2,200)
Over 40 years
1st Team 12,800.00 (4xR3,200) 12,800.00 (4xR3,200)
2nd Team 8,800.00 (4xR2,200) 8,800.00 (4xR2,200)
3rd Team 4,800.00 (4xR1,200) 4,800.00 (4xR1,200)
South African Runners
The first South African citizen (man and woman) to complete the event will each receive a cash payment of R190,000.00.
The first KwaZulu-Natal athlete (man and woman) to complete the event will each receive R35,000.00 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
Note: All prizes including prize money, trophies and/or special medals will only be issued once drug test results have been received and subject to clearance. All prize money is subject to South African tax laws and may take up to three (3) months to process.
ALL PRIZES INCLUDING PRIZE MONEY, TROPHIES AND/OR SPECIAL MEDALS WILL ONLY BE ISSUED ONCE DRUG TEST RESULTS HAVE BEEN RECEIVED AND SUBJECT TO CLEARANCE. ALL PRIZE MONEY IS SUBJECT TO SOUTH AFRICAN TAX LAWS, AND MAY TAKE UP TO THREE (3) MONTHS TO PROCESS. PRO-ATHLETES/TOP CONTENDERS WHO FAIL TO ATTEND THE ELITE ATHLETE MEDIA BRIEFING (2 DAYS BEFORE RACE DAY) WILL BE DOCKED 10% OF THEIR PRIZE MONEY.