The race for places for the 2019 Comrades Marathon turned into a sprint with the iconic event closing the entry process just a week after it had opened.
Entries reached the 25 000 entries cap in record time despite a few changes that have been introduced for next year’s ‘Up Run’.
The substitution entry process will open on March 1 and close on April 15. While 7 000 entries are reserved for novices, first-time participants will need to achieve qualifying times before they can book their place.
Comrades Marathon Association (CMA) race director Rowyn James said the ‘unprecedented’ interest highlighted the popularity of the iconic event.
“We reached the cap of 25,000 entries last night and therefore shut down the entry process,” James said.
“The unprecedented demand for Comrades Marathon entries has been amazing.”
“The Comrades Marathon brand is obviously in an incredibly good space and it is a credit to the team who efficiently and effectively go about putting runners first on a daily basis.”
Athletes from 80 countries have entered The Ultimate Human Race with the majority of international entries coming from the United Kingdom, the United States, Zimbabwe, India, Australia and Brazil.
At the launch for next year’s race, the CMA announced l
Date and venue
The race, to be held on June 9, will start outside the Durban City Hall and finish at Scottsville Racecourse in Pietermaritzburg. The official race distance is 86.73km.
The times required to line up at the start have been cut while the final cut-off on race day is still 12 hours, participants are required to run a bit quicker than they have in recent years in order to get a race number.