BREAKING NEWS

RACE INFORMATION

DATE & TIME OF RACE

The race will be run on Sunday, 9 June 2024 starting at 05h30 and finishing at 17h30.

ROUTE & DISTANCE

It is an "UP RUN" starting at the City Hall in Durban and finishing in Pietermaritzburg. The race distance is approximately 87km. This distance is subject to change and will be confirmed in the Final Race Instructions (FRI).

ENTRY PERIOD & CAP

Entries open on 21 November 2023 at 10h00 and will close on 11 December 2023 at 16h30.

Total number of entries will be capped at 23 000.

The entry period will close at 16h30 on 11 December 2023 or once the entry cap of 23 000 has been reached, whichever comes first.

ENTRY FEE

ENTRY TYPE ENTRY FEE
South Africa Citizens R1 200
SA Residents & Rest of Africa Entrants R2 000
International Entrants R4 500

Entry fee is waived for holders of 25 or more Comrades medals.

An entry service provider fee will be charged on the entry over and above the entry fee cost.

ENTRY FEES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE (unless the race is cancelled due to force majeure). No entry transfers or deferrals will be allowed.

HOW TO ENTER

ONLINE ENTRIES ONLY

Enter online at www.comrades.com or via the Comrades Marathon App – available for download via the Google Play and Apple App Store.

To enter you will require either a Debit / Credit card (Visa / MasterCard) or utilize the online entry instant EFT method.

50% Entry Fee only Part Payment Option:

A 50% Entry Fee only Part Payment option will be made available. Once you have reached the end of the online entry process you will have the option of selecting to either pay your entry fee in full OR over two instalments. The second entry fee instalment (outstanding balance) must be paid by no later than 16h30 on 29 February 2024 in order for your entry to be finalized.

If full and final payment is not made before 16h30 on 29 February 2024, you will forfeit your entry fee (paid to date) and your entry will be deactivated and removed from the entry system.

The second 50% entry fee instalment can be paid at any time (before 29 February 2024) by logging into your entry profile and selecting the complete entry payment button.

NO POSTAL, FAX, TELEPHONIC, E-MAIL OR MANUAL ENTRIES WILL BE ACCEPTED.

QUALIFYING CRITERIA

To qualify and participate in the 2024 Comrades Marathon, you will need to adhere to the qualifying criteria below. The cut-off date for supplying the below information in order to make your entry complete is 6 May 2024.

Update your qualifying details either by using your online entry profile, email, contacting the CMA office, or by requesting your club administrator to do so for you by 6 May 2024.

Qualifying details will NOT be accepted at any stage after 6 May 2024 especially at Race Registration.

Qualifying Criteria:

  1. You must submit your provincially approved club name and 2024 permanent Provincial issued license number.
  2. You will need to complete the medical questionnaire (available by logging into your entry profile once entered).
  3. You will need to run at least one qualifying race between 1 September 2023 and 6 May 2024. All qualifying races must be ASA technically compliant, no shorter than 42.2km and meet the Comrades Marathon qualifying criteria. Please see below Qualifying Table for official distances and qualifying times.

QUALIFYING TABLE

DISTANCE OF RACE TIME
42.2km 4:49:59
48-50km 5:49:59
52-54km 6:24:59
56km 6:44:59
60km 7:19:59
64km 7:54:59
68km 8:29:59
80km 10:24:59
90km 11:59:59
100km 13:29:59

Failure to meet the above stipulated qualifying criteria will result in your entry being rejected.

SEEDING BATCH

All entrants will be seeded according to their qualifying times. Entrants who have improved their qualifying times after entering may upgrade their seeding by entering the race name and their qualifying time onto their entry profile before 6 May 2024 via the Comrades Marathon website or Comrades App.

QUALIFYING RACE DISTANCE
Batch 42.2 km 48 - 50 km 52 - 54 km 56 km 60 km 64 km 68 km 80 km 90km 100 km
A 2:59:59 3:39:59 3:59:59 4:04:59 4:34:59 4:54:59 5:19:59 6:29:59 7:29:59 8:14:59
B 3:19:59 3:59:59 4:19:59 4:34:59 4:59:59 5:24:59 5:49:59 7:09:59 8:14:59 9:14:59
C 3:39:59 4:24:59 4:49:59 4:59:59 5:24:59 5:49:59 6:19:59 7:44:59 8:59:59 10:14:59
D 3:59:59 4:49:59 5:14:59 5:29:59 5:59:59 6:29:59 6:59:59 8:29:59 9:44:59 10:59:59
E GREEN NUMBER CLUB
F 4:19:59 5:14:59 5:44:59 5:59:59 6:29:59 6:59:59 7:29:59 9:09:59 10:29:59 11:44:59
G 4:34:59 5:34:59 6:04:59 6:24:59 6:59:59 7:34:59 8:09:59 9:59:59 11:29:59 12:29:59
H 4:49:59 5:49:59 6:24:59 6:44:59 7:19:59 7:54:59 8:29:59 10:24:59 11:59:59 13:29:59
 
IRONMAN QUALIFYING TABLE
Batch Marathon 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

All entrants must provide accurate information, including age, gender, qualifying race, qualifying time, club registration, place of domicile and emergency contact information, when applying for entry to the race. Failure to comply with this requirement may result in your entry and registration being rejected.

SUBSTITUTIONS

The CMA will accept substitutions for the 2024 Comrades Marathon during the period of 15 March – 15 April 2024.

How it works:

  • Entrants who have successfully entered the 2024 Comrades Marathon will have the opportunity to withdraw from the race during the period of 15 - 29 March 2024.
  • Entry slots that have been made available by withdrawing entrants will then be made available on a first come first served basis to individuals wanting to enter the event via the online substitution entry period of 1 – 15 April 2024. The substitution entry fee will be the same as per the 2024 entry fees.
  • No late substitutions will be accepted.
  • Entrants who have successfully substituted out their entries will NOT be allowed to reinstate their original entries.
  • An admin fee of 15% of the original entry fee will be deducted by the CMA from the withdrawing athlete. The CMA will then refund 85% of the original entry fee to all withdrawing athletes who have been successfully substituted.
  • There will be no money or voucher exchange between athletes.
  • Substitution withdrawals will only be available to fully paid entrants.

PLEASE NOTE: if you wish to substitute your entry, proceed to your 2024 entry profile by clicking here. A button will appear on your Dashboard stating "I want to substitute my entry," once you have clicked the button, your entry will be added the substitutions list.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF ENTRY

Entries can be confirmed on the Comrades Marathon website www.comrades.com by viewing the “Entry List” or via the Comrades App by searching for your name. Entries will also be acknowledged to valid e-mail addresses and/or SMS or by other electronic communication means as supplied on your entry form.

It is your personal responsibility to check your details and confirmation of entry on or before 6 May 2024. If any of the details are incorrect, login to your entry profile using your username and password and correct your details or contact the CMA office. Print out your entry confirmation email as this will be required at Race Registration.

NUMBER COLLECTION

You must collect your two Comrades Marathon race numbers, race t-shirt and Goodie Bag from the registration venue you have selected on your entry form.

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

Race Packs and T-Shirts will only be available at Registration to individuals who have officially qualified to participate. Race Packs will not be distributed outside of Registration.

NO race numbers will be issued on race day.

REGISTRATION VENUE

DURBAN PIETERMARITZBURG
Durban Exhibition Centre (DEC)
11 Walnut Road
Durban
Comrades Marathon House
18 Connaught Road
Scottsville
Pietermaritzburg
DATES & TIMES
Thursday 6 June 2024 10h00 - 19h00
Friday 7 June 2024 09h00 - 19h00
Saturday 8 June 2024 09h00 - 16h00

BUS TICKETS

Bus tickets from Pietermaritzburg to the start in Durban and from the finish in Pietermaritzburg back to Durban after the race will be available for sale at both race registration venues. No tickets will be available for sale on race day. Further information will be provided in the FRI, on the Comrades Marathon website www.comrades.com and App once available.

TIME LIMITS & CUT-OFFS

The race will be run from “Gun to Gun”. The cut-off times for the below points will be confirmed in the FRI. The CMA reserves the right to alter these positions and times.

Runners will be ushered off the route and will be required to board a bailer bus for transportation 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.

CUT - OFF DISTANCE (KM) TO GO CLOCK TIME
Pinetown (St.Johns Ave Subway) 18,57 67,34 2:45:00
Winston Park (Caltex Garage) 29,56 56,36 4:30:00
Drummond (Halfway) 43,08 42,84 6:10:00
Cato Ridge (N3 subway) 57,05 28,87 8:10:00
Umlaas Road Interchange 67,71 18,2 9:40:00
Mkondeni (Top of Polly Shortts) 79,07 6,84 11:10:00
Finish 85,914 12:00:00

The final cut-off is 12 hours (17h30). If you have not reached the finish line before the 12-hour cut-off, you must leave the route and retire from the race immediately. Failure to do so may jeopardise your participation in future years.

AWARDS & PRIZES

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 (Men)
Isavel-Roche Kelly (Women)
Position 11 to sub 6hrs 00min
Position 11 to sub 7hrs 30min
Silver (Men Only) 6hrs 00min to sub 7hrs 30min
Bill Rowan 7hrs 30min to sub 9hrs 00min
Robert Mtshali 9hrs 00min to sub 10hrs 00min
Bronze 10hrs 00min to sub 11hrs 00min
Vic Clapham 11hrs 00min to sub 12hrs 00min

PRIZE MONEY

PRIZE MONEY
POSITION MEN WOMEN
Position 1 R 550 000,00 R 550 000,00
Position 2 R 275 000,00 R 275 000,00
Position 3 R 198 000,00 R 198 000,00
Position 4 R 99 000,00 R 99 000,00
Position 5 R 77 000,00 R 77 000,00
Position 6 R 44 000,00 R 44 000,00
Position 7 R 38 500,00 R 38 500,00
Position 8 R 33 000,00 R 33 000,00
Position 9 R 27 500,00 R 27 500,00
Position 10 R 22 000,00 R 22 000,00

BEST “UP RUN” TIME

Should the winners (man and woman) of the 2024 Comrades Marathon break the Best Time previously recorded for the “Up Run”, he or she will receive an additional cash payment of R550 000,00.

THE BEST “UP RUN” TIME PREVIOUSLY RECORDED

5:24:49 by Leonid Shvetsov in 2008

5:58:53 by Gerda Steyn in 2019

AGE CATEGORIES

A participant will not be eligible for a prize in more than one age category, i.e., a participant is only eligible for a prize in the age category applicable to him/her or the younger category chosen by him/her as indicated on the official race number/bib. A participant, 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 6 May 2024, you will be entered in the age category of your chronological age.

A participant 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 R 20 000,00 R 20 000,00
Position 2 R 12 000,00 R 12 000,00
Position 3 R 6 000,00 R 6 000,00
50 - 59 years
Position 1 R 12 000,00 R 12 000,00
Position 2 R 6 000,00 R 6 000,00
Position 3 R 4 000,00 R 4 000,00
60 years +
Position 1 R 6 000,00 R 6 000,00
Position 2 R 4 000,00 R 4 000,00
Position 3 R 3 000,00 R 3 000,00
70+ years
Position 1 R 5 000,00 R 5 000,00

TEAM COMPETITION

All team prizes will be calculated on the combined times of the first four (4) club members to finish in the 20-39 category and the first four (4) club members to finish in the 40+ category. In order to qualify for a team prize a participant must compete wearing officially registered club colours. The domicile rule will be strictly enforced with the exception of those participants registered on the current ASA National Athlete List.

Team prizes and rules pertaining to the awarding thereof will be detailed in the FRI. Team prizes will only be awarded to South African citizens.

TEAM PRIZES

TEAMS (Recreational Clubs)
POSITION MEN WOMEN
20-39 years
1st team R 16 000,00 R 16 000,00
2nd team R 12 000,00 R 12 000,00
Over 40 years
1st team R 12 000,00 R 12 000,00
TEAMS (Professional Clubs)
1st team R 37 000,00 R 37 000,00

SOUTH AFRICAN RUNNERS

The first South African citizen (man and woman) to complete the event will each receive an additional R 200 000,00 in prize money.

KWAZULU-NATAL ATHLETE

The first three KwaZulu-Natal Athletes (men and women, as defined below) to complete the event will each receive additional prize money from the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Sport, Arts and Culture, provided they finish within the top 30 men and women.

A KwaZulu – Natal Athlete shall be defined as an athlete domiciled in the province of KwaZulu–Natal and licensed by KwaZulu–Natal Athletics, and includes any athlete domiciled in KwaZulu Natal who is registered on the current ASA National List but is a member of a club in another province.

POSITION MEN WOMEN
Position 1 R60 000,00 R60 000,00
Position 2 R40 000,00 R40 000,00
Position 3 R20 000,00 R20 000,00