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THIS RACE IS RUN UNDER THE RULES OF IAAF, ASA, KZNA AND CMA

ENTRIES

Entries for the 2018 Comrades Marathon are limited to a maximum of 20 000 and there will be no extensions. All current and potential Comrades Marathon runners that wish to run the 2018 Comrades Marathon are urged to take careful note of the entry process and the cutoff date. All runners are urged to enter early to avoid disappointment.

Entries open on the 1 September 2017 and close on 30 November 2017 or once the quota of 20 000 has been reached.

 

DATE AND TIME OF RACE

The race will be run on Sunday, 10 June 2018 starting at 05h30 and finishing at 17h30. The race is run from 'gun to gun'.

 

ROUTE & DISTANCE

It is a “DOWN RUN” starting at the City Hall in Pietermaritzburg and finishing in Durban. The race distance is approximately 89km. The distance is subject to change and will be confirmed in the final race instructions.

 

ENTRY FEE

Early Bird Entry for South African Entrants and Rest of Africa (1 September to 30 September 2017 ONLY) is R460.

 

South Africa and Rest of Africa: R500 (1 October 2017 to 30 November 2017) International: R 3300 (1 September 2017 to 30 November 2017)

 

Entry fee is waived for holders of 25 or more Comrades medals. Contact CMA for a 25 medal plus voucher number required during the entry process

 

THE ENTRY FEE IS NON-REFUNDABLE.

 

ENTRY PERIOD

Entries open on 1 September 2017 and close on 30 November 2017. There will only be one entry window period for all athletes to enter whether they are former Comrades runners, Novices, Rest of Africa or International.

 

Entries will be limited to a maximum of 20,000 and no extensions will be granted. Entries will close on 30 November 2017 or once the 20,000 entries have been received (i.e. if 20,000 entries are received by 15 November 2017 then no further entries will be accepted). All current and potential Comrades Marathon runners that wish to run in 2018 are urged to take careful note of the entry process and the cut-off date.

 

NO entries will be taken in 2018.

Total number of entries will be capped at 20,000.

RIGHTS RESERVED

Any irregularities in your entry form will result in a rejected entry. Comrades Marathon Association reserves the right to accept or reject any entry, subject to the rules of IAAF, ASA, KZNA and CMA.

 

AGE RESTRICTION

The minimum age requirement is that the athlete must be 20 years or older on the day of the qualifying race (ASA RULE 20). 

 

RESTRICTION ON ENTRY

The Comrades Marathon is restricted to club registered runners only. All participants must be 2018 licensed by their respective Federations. The domicile rule will be strictly enforced. No athlete may run for a club other than a club registered in the Province in which they are domiciled unless they are registered on the current ASA National List. Athletes will not be in possession of their 2018 licenses at the time of entry. They will be allowed to enter, however MUST submit their club name and license number to CMA no later than 16h30, 02 May 2018. Failure to submit these details will result in the entry being rejected.

 

FOREIGN ATHLETES

Foreign athletes must strictly observe IAAF Rule 4. All foreign athletes must note that in order to participate in the event, they require written approval (a permit) from their National Federations. In a case where a foreign athlete is entered through a South African athletics club, it is the responsibility of the club to assist the athlete in securing the permit, and to hand it over to the race organizers before the event takes place. Event organizers reserve the right to reject the entry of foreign athletes who violates IAAF Rule 4.

 

HOW TO ENTER

1. ONLINE ENTRIES - Please note that in order to enter online you will require either a Debit/Credit Card (Visa/MasterCard). Online entries will open at midday on 1 September 2017.

2. DROP OFF POINT- Hand deliver your entry to the CMA House in Pietermaritzburg by 16h30 on closing date of entries. (See above for details of closing date).

3. POSTAL ENTRIES - Post your entry to Comrades Marathon, PO Box 100621, Scottsville, 3209. You may enter using one of the following options, either by cheque or direct deposit. All cheques, and direct deposits must be made payable to the Comrades Marathon Association. Postal entries must be postmarked by the Post Office no later than closing date of entries (Refer to “ENTRY PERIOD” clause above). We strongly recommend that you send your entries by registered post. Please keep a copy of your entry form, registered post receipt and deposit slip. Should there be any issues with the non-delivery of your entry we will require a copy from you.

4. DIRECT DEPOSIT - Runners may pay their entry fee by DIRECT DEPOSIT into a Nedbank branch and post their entry form and original deposit slip to CMA. Bank details are: Nedbank, Branch Code: 130526, Account No. 1305846559. Please use your ID Number as the reference number on the deposit slip.

 

POST THE ORIGINAL DEPOSIT SLIP WITH YOUR ENTRY.

No photocopies will be accepted.

Keep a copy of your entry form.

 

PLEASE DO NOT DUPLICATE YOUR ENTRY.

NO FAX ENTRIES WILL BE ACCEPTED!

NO LATE ENTRIES WILL BE ACCEPTED.

ENTRY FEES ARE NOT REFUNDABLE UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES.

 

QUALIFYING RACE

All qualifying races must comply with the ASA rules, technical standards and 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 02 May 2018. This can be done either by email, contacting the CMA office or updating your details online. 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 02 May 2018 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 runner’s t-shirt.

A qualifying race must be completed between 27 August 2017 and 02 May 2018 and the details submitted / updated to the organisers. NOTE THAT A 2017 OFFICIAL COMRADES FINISH CAN NOT BE USED AS A QUALIFIER TOWARDS 2018.

INTERNATIONAL RUNNERS

INTERNATIONAL ENTRANTS WHO MAY BE IN CONTENTION TO WIN A CATEGORY PRIZE MUST PRODUCE A CLEARANCE LETTER ON SUBMISSION OF ENTRY, FROM THEIR COUNTRY FEDERATION

NOTE: THE CMA WILL VERIFY YOUR QUALIFICATION AND LICENSE DETAILS WITH YOUR CLUB REPRESENTATIVE

QUALIFYING TABLE

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 27 August 2017 to 2 May 2018.

 

DISTANCE OF RACE             

QUALIFYING TABLE

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            

68 km

9 hrs. 00 min

80 km

10 hrs.40 min            

89 km

12 hrs.00 min            

100 km

13 hrs.30 min            

 

SEEDING BATCH

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 2018.

 

QUALIFYING RACE DISTANCE

Batch

42.2 km

48 - 50 km

52 - 54 km

56 km

60 km

68 km

64 km

80 km

90km

100 km

A

02:59:59

03:39:59

03:54:59

04:04:59

04:29:59

05:29:59

04:59:59

06:19:59

07:29:59

08:14:59

B

03:19:59

03:59:59

04:19:59

04:34:59

04:59:59

05:59:59

05:29:59

06:59:59

08:14:59

09:14:59

C

03:39:59

04:24:59

04:44:59

04:59:59

05:29:59

06:34:59

05:59:59

07:39:59

08:59:59

10:14:59

D

03:59:59

04:49:59

05:09:59

05:29:59

06:04:59

07:14:59

06:39:59

08:29:59

09:44:59

10:59:59

E

Green Number Club

F

04:19:59

05:09:59

05:34:59

05:59:59

06:39:59

07:54:59

07:14:59

09:14:59

10:29:59

11:44:59

G

04:39:59

05:34:59

06:04:59

06:29:59

07:09:59

08:29:59

07:49:59

09:59:59

11:14:59

12:29:59

H

04:59:59

05:59:59

06:29:59

06:59:59

07:39:59

08:59:59

08:19:59

10:39:59

11:59:59

13:29:59

 

THE IRONMAN SEEDING IS AS FOLLOWS:

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

CHAMPIONCHIP

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 pack. 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 ChampionChip will lead to disqualification.

NO CHIP, NO RUN, NO RESULT, NO EXCEPTION.

For more information please contact ChampionChip on +27(0)861100963 or visit their website www.championchip.co.za  

RUNNING KIT, SPONSORSHIP & ADVERTISING

Athletes must comply with ASA Rule 3, IAAF Rule 8 and143. In order to qualify for a team prize, athletes must wear their club colours, as officially registered with their provincial bodies.

THE TWO OFFICIAL 2018 COMRADES MARATHON BONITAS RACE NUMBERS MUST BE WORN ON THE FRONT AND BACK OF YOUR UPPER BODY GARMENT THROUGHOUT THE RACE. FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH THIS RULE WILL RESULT IN DISQUALIFICATION.

Runners must familiarize themselves with and abide by the advertising rules as per the IAAF and ASA rules and regulations. These provisions apply for the duration of the race including warming up, all race ceremonies and official press conference. Under no circumstances may a runner display a political slogan in any matter or form (ASA Rule 22.7).

SECONDING \ PHYSICAL ASSISTANCE

The no mobile seconding rule will be very strictly enforced. No seconds may drive, cycle or run alongside any athlete on the route. The stand and hand rule anywhere on route will apply, whereby a runner’s second may stand and hand refreshments while they remain stationary. No seconds may travel on the route. No pacing will be permitted. Any transgressions will lead to disqualification. Any athlete being found carried along the route and/or before the finish line will be liable for disqualification. (IAAF Rule 144).

With reference to IAAF Rule 144.2(b) athletes who are contention for any position or category prize are not allowed to be in possession of or use any form of mobile or similar device.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF ENTRY

Entries can be confirmed on the Comrades Marathon website www.comrades.com by viewing the “Startlist” (home page) or login to your user profile using your unique username and password supplied during the entry process. Entries will also be acknowledged to valid e-mail addresses and/or by SMS as supplied on your entry form. It is your responsibility to ensure your contact details are up to date and accurate.

It is your personal responsibility to check your details and confirmation of entry. If any of the details are incorrect, please log on with your username and password supplied and correct your details or contact the CMA office. Print your entry confirmation email. You must produce this confirmation together with your ChampionChip to collect your race pack. Athletes who ordered a new ChampionChip with their entry will receive it at registration.

NUMBER COLLECTION

You must collect your (2) Comrades Marathon Bonitas race numbers, FREE runner’s t-shirt and Goodie Bag from the venue you have indicated on your entry form. Should you have placed an order for a ChampionChip with your entry form, the chip will be in your race number pack and can ONLY be collected from the registration venue you have indicated. The ChampionChip ordered with the entry form will NOT be issued before registration dates. Should you wish to use your chip for qualifying races before the Comrades Marathon, please contact ChampionChip directly. These items will not be posted to you. It is important to note the following when collecting your race number package:

 

All runners MUST produce their ChampionChip when collecting their race number.

 

All runners MUST provide proof of identity to collect their race number pack e.g. ID book, Passport or Driver’s License. Along with your race entry confirmation.

 

NO race numbers will be issued on race day.

 

REGISTRATION VENUE

DURBAN             

PIETERMARITZBURG

Durban Exhibition Centre      

Comrades Marathon House

Walnut Road

18 Connaught Road

Durban

Scottsville

 

Pietermaritzburg

 

DATES AND TIMES

Thursday                              

7 June 2018 10h00 - 19h00

Friday

8 June 2018 09h00 - 19h00

Saturday

9 June 2018 09h00 - 17h00

 

If you are unable to collect your race number package, a third party can collect this on your behalf providing they have a printed copy of Acknowledgement of Entry, the athlete’s ChampionChip as well as a letter of authorization from the entrant. The person collecting the race number package must have identification.

Runners may not claim their registration package after registration closes. These items will not be posted to you and no refunds will be processed.

BUS TICKETS

Bus tickets from Durban to the start in Pietermaritzburg and from the finish in Durban back to Pietermaritzburg after the race will be available for sale only at the Expo Bus Ticket Kiosk prior to the race. No tickets will be available on race day.

 

INTERNATIONAL BUS TOURS

 

Bus tour tickets are NOT included in the international entry fee. The tour is limited to a runner and two guests. Tours can be booked with your entry. Tour tickets will be allocated on a 1st come 1st serve basis. The cost of the bus tour is R500.00 per person.

TIME LIMITS & CUT OFFS          

The race is run from “gun to gun”. The cut-off times for these points will be confirmed in the final race instructions. The CMA reserves the right to alter these positions and times. Runners will be required to board a rescue bus and be transported to the finish venue should they not have reached the cut-off points within the specified time.

 

The cut-off points will be clearly sign posted.

 

Subject to change:

 

 

CUT-OFF POINT            

TIMES

  TO GO

   
 

Lion Park

02:40:00  (08h10)

  73km

   
 

Cato Ridge

04:30:00  (10h00)

  58km

    
 

Drummond

06:10:00  (11h40)

  44km

   
 

Winston Park

08:10:00  (13h40)

  31km

    
 

St Johns Avenue

09:30:00  (15h00)

  19km

    
 

Sherwood

11:10:00  (16h40)

  7km

     

 

Please note that these times and positions are subject to change should the organisers deem it necessary. The final cut-off is at 12 hours (17h30) and if you have not reached the Finish, you must leave the route and retire from the race immediately.

FINAL RACE INSTRUCTIONS

Your Final Race Instructions form part of the rules of the race and will be included with your race number.

 

AWARDS & INFORMATION

General Awards

Badges and Medals will be awarded to all official finishers who complete the full distance within the 12-hour cut-off.

 

Medals

Gold - First 10 Men and Women
Wally Hayward Position 11 to sub 6hrs 00min
Silver - 6hrs 00min to sub 7hrs 30 min
Bill Rowan - 7hrs 30 min to sub 9hrs 00min
Bronze - 9hrs 00min to sub 11hrs 00min
Vic Clapham - 11hrs 00min to sub 12hrs 00min

 

Prize Money     
Position Men Women
Posititon 1 440 000,00  440 000,00
Posititon 2 220 000,00  220 000,00
Posititon 3 170 000,00  170 000,00
Posititon 4  85 000,00  85 000,00
Posititon 5  68 000,00  68 000,00
Posititon 6  38 000,00  38 000,00
Posititon 7  34 000,00  34 000,00
Posititon 8  30 000,00  30 000,00
Posititon 9  25 000,00  25 000,00
Posititon 10  21 000,00  21 000,00

 

Best “Down Run” Time

Should the Winners (man and woman) of the 2018 Comrades Marathon break the Best Time previously recorded for the “Down Run”, he or she will receive a cash payment of R440 000,00.

 

The Best Time Previously Recorded

05:18:19 by David Gatebe in 2016

05:54:43 by Frith Van der Merwe in 1989

 

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 2018, you will be entered in the age category of your chronological age. 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

  Men Women
40-49    
Position 1 20 000,00 20 000,00
Position 2 12 000,00 12 000,00
Position 3 6 000,00 6 000,00
     
50-59    
Position 1 12 000,00 12 000,00
Position 2 6 000,00 6 000,00
Position 3 4 000,00 4 000,00
     
60+    
Position 1 6 000,00 6 000,00
Position 2 4 000,00 4 000,00
Position 3 3 000,00 3 000,00

 

Team Competition

All team prizes will be calculated on the combined times of the first (4) club members to finish in the Open (20 – 39 years) category and the first (3) club members to finish in the 40+ category (ASA Rule 20.8). 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

Catergory Teams Men Women
Professional    
1st Team 32 000,00 32 000,00
     
Category Teams Men Women
Amateur/Recreational    
Opens 20-39    
1st Team 16 000,00 16 000,00
2nd Team 12 000,00 12 000,00
3rd Team 8 000,00 8 000,00
     
40+    
1st Team 12 000,00 12 000,00
2nd Team 8 000,00 8 000,00
3rd Team 4 000,00 4 000,00

 

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. Professional athletes/top contenders, who fail to attend the professional athlete media briefing (2 days before race day) will be docked 10% of their prize money.

 

All athletes must adhere to the TUE (Therapeutic Use Exemption) Rules and Regulations as per SAIDS. “Athletes, entering for this event, and who use medication to treat an illness or condition which falls under the Prohibited List, should complete a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) form before entering for the event and obtain authorization from SAIDS to take the needed medicine or method.”

 

OFFICIAL CHARITY

The Comrades Marathon Amabeadibeadi Campaign consists of six official charities namely:

 

CHOC (Childhood Cancer Foundation South Africa), Community Chest Durban & Pietermaritzburg, Hillcrest Aids Centre Trust, Hospice Palliative Care Association of South Africa, Wildlands Conservation Trust and World Vision South Africa.

 

An Amabeadibeadi gift will be enclosed in your race number pack when you make a minimum donation of R50.00. Please support our Comrades Marathon Official Charities.

TOYOTA WIN-A-CAR COMPETITION

A brand new Toyota Corolla Quest valued at R205 000 is up for grabs to any runner who donates a minimum of R50 with their entry fee to one of the CMA’s 6 official Amabeadibeadi charities. (1 ticket for every R50 donated). This competition runs from 1 September 2017 – 30 November 2017. The winner will be announced in December 2017. The draw will be overseen by the CMA auditors. Terms and Conditions apply.

 

RACE 4 CHARITY

The Race 4 Charity campaign is intended to foster wider support for charitable fundraising for the CMA’s six official charities. An exciting facet to this campaign is that runners have the opportunity to improve their seeding batch, while raising funds for a good cause. The CMA has reserved 500 entries for runners, who need to raise R5,000 each. This will ensure that they get to start in the “Charity ” batch near the front of the field on race day. Follow the link on the Comrades Website to sign up, and encourage your family, friends, co-workers and supporters to donate and leave messages of motivation on your fundraising page. Runners get to choose which of the six Amabeadibeadi charities they would like to support. All Race 4 Charity runners will also be on the receiving end of an exclusive goodie bag which they can collect during Registration. The entry process is also a simple one. Runners need to enter the Comrades 2018 by closing date of entries but will have until 02 May 2018 to sign up and raise funds. Please note that normal race rules still apply for entries and there are no refunds, should a runner fail to qualify or raise the minimum amount. For more information and details on our charity initiative, please visit www.comrades.com.

 

FURTHER ENQUIRIES

Comrades Marathon Association

PO Box 100621, Scottsville, 3206

Telephone +27(0)33 8978650

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www.comrades.com