Only 3000 entries are still available for the 2019 Comrades Marathon Up Run less than a week since the process opened.
The Comrades Marathon Association (CMA) has set an entry cap of 25000 which set to close on December 10 but all the available spots are set to be snapped up way in advance.
The CMA on Thursday encouraged prospective entrants to act quickly with over 22000 entries already in the bag for the 2019 race.
“The #Comrades2019 entry process was due to close on 10 December 2018 but will be shut down as soon as the cap of 25,000 entries has been reached, most probably in the next day or two,” CMA race director Rowyn James said in a statement.
Athletes from 80 countries have entered for the Up Run with the majority of the international entries coming from the United Kingdom.
There has been a mad dash for entries this year where over 15 000 race numbers had been grabbed just 24 hours after online entries went on sale.
Last year, organisers had extended the registration process for the 2018 race after selling 20 000 entries in a record three weeks, but even those numbers paled in comparison to the urgency displayed ahead of the 2019 contest.
For the 2018 race, 6 600 entries were sold within the first four days and 13 700 entries were snapped up within two weeks.
By 11 am on Saturday morning, however, 15 605 entries had already been sold for the 2019 event, suggesting the 25 000
Entry fees for the 2019 Comrades Marathon are as follows:
African : R600.00
- Foreign Athletes – Africa/ SADC countries : R1500.00
- Foreign Athletes – International : R3800.00
Runners can enter online via the Comrades Marathon website (www.comrades.com) or app.