Thousands of runners will take to the road on Sunday for the annual the Comrades Marathon in KwaZulu-Natal.
Here’s all you need to know about the 93rd edition of the 90.1km race.
Where and when
The race starts outside the Pietermaritzburg City Hall at 5.30am on Sunday (10 June).
With organisers changing the finish venue this year, the 90.1km race will end at Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban.
Runners will have 12 hours to reach the finish line before the final cut-off at 5.30pm.
A wide open battled is expected but a handful of runners stand out as potential champions on paper, including former winners David Gatebe, the ‘down’ run record holder, and experienced campaigners Bongmusa Mthembu and Ludwick Mamabolo.
Other contenders include powerful front-runner Rufus Photo and in-form Zimbabwean athlete Hatiwande Nyamande.
A host of potential challengers have withdrawn ahead of the race, including former winners Caroline Wostmann and American athlete Camille Herron.
A tight battle is on the cards, however, with defending ‘down’ run champion Charne Bosman and Two Oceans winner Gerda Steyn tipped to spearhead the field.
Other athletes to watch include Ann Ashworth and debutant Tanith Maxwell.
How to watch
Live television coverage starts at 5am on SABC 2.
The race will also be streamed live on various platforms, including the SABC website (www.sabc.co.za).
Participants can be tracked by using the Comrades website, the race app, or via a messaging service by sending a runner’s race number to 39174 at a cost of R20.