14 JUNE 2020


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The Comrades Marathon Association’s (CMA) Board convened an urgent meeting last night (Monday, 16.3.2020) in light of the outbreak of the Corona Virus, also known as COVID-19 and the subsequent postponement or cancellation of sporting events and mass gatherings in the country.


Athletics South Africa (ASA), under the auspices of which the Comrades Marathon is held, has aligned itself with the National State of Disaster as pronounced by State President Cyril Ramaphosa and have taken a decision to postpone with immediate effect all athletics events in the country at all levels for 30 days due to COVID-19.


This comes as the President specified strict measures to combat the virus which has been described as a pandemic by the World Health Organisation.


The decision includes the postponement of all school athletics including the ASA National Primary Schools T&F Championships which was scheduled for Pietermaritzburg this week; the postponement of all club and provincial activities, including Fun Runs, Park Runs, Road-Running, Cross Country, Trail Running and Track & Field events; as well as the postponement of all ASA championships.


Under the ongoing guidance of the government on the virus, as well as ASA and KwaZulu-Natal Athletics (KZNA), the CMA Board will review the situation by the 17th of April and advise Comrades athletes and stakeholders on the way forward, depending on the status of the virus in the country at the time.


CMA Chairperson, Cheryl Winn says, “With nearly three months to go to #Comrades2020, the CMA Board has decided that it is premature to postpone this year’s Comrades Marathon. We will however continue to monitor the situation on a daily basis and will make a decision by April 17th depending upon how the situation evolves on whether to postpone #Comrades2020 to a date later in the year.”


Winn adds, “We will make announcements and issue updates on an ongoing basis. As the CMA Board, we have to consider the best interest and well-being of our athletes, supporters, spectators, volunteers and the public. With 282 successful Substitution applications having been processed since opening of the 2020 Substitution period yesterday, we urge all Comrades runners to continue with their training preparations for the 95th edition of the Ultimate Human Race.”



The 2020 Comrades Marathon Substitution Process officially opens on Monday, 16 March at 8am. The Substitution Rule allows for aspirant Comrades Marathon runners who were unable to enter the 2020 Comrades Marathon during the official entry period late last year to still have a chance to be part of The Ultimate Human Race on Sunday, 14 June 2020.


The Substitution process will be open for one month; starting on 16 March and closing on 16 April 2020. The cost of the Substitution application is R200 over and above the normal applicable entry fee.


CMA Race Director, Rowyn James has advised that going forward, all substitution transactions will be handled exclusively through the CMA Office. 


James says, “An administration fee of 15% of the entry fee will be deducted by CMA from withdrawing athletes and CMA will then refund the balance of the entry fee to the withdrawing athletes.” He adds, “There will be no direct money or voucher exchange between athletes.”


Athletes intending to submit Substitution application forms are advised to visit the official Comrades Marathon website and click HERE for the comprehensive list of rules and regulations which govern the Substitution process.


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