Comrades Marathon

Comrades Marathon is an ultramarathon of approximately 90 km (approx. 56 miles) run in the Kwazulu-Natal Province of South Africa between the cities of Durban and Pietermaritzburg. It is the world’s largest and oldest ultramarathon race. The direction of the race alternates each year between the “up” run (87 km) starting from Durban and the “down” run (89 km) starting from Pietermaritzburg.

The 2015 Comrades Marathon will be run for the 90th time since the race was first staged in 1921. The start gun will be fired in Durban on Sunday, 31 May 2015 and the race ends 12 hours later at the Oval Cricket Stadium in Pietermaritzburg.

Race Date
May 29, 2016
Event Type
Start Times

Men: 05h30
Women: 05h30

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Race Registration

To participate in Comrades Marathon you can register in the official website. Early Bird Entry for South African Entrants (1 September to 30 September 2014 ONLY) is R350.00. South African Entry Fee (1 October 2014 to 30 November 2014) is R380.00. Entry fee is waived for holders of 25 or more Comrades medals.

Entry forms will only be available from 1st September 2014. Entries close on 30 November 2014 FOR ALL RUNNERS INCLUDING INTERNATIONALS, or as soon as the entry cap of 20000 is reached. Entries for the 2015 Comrades Marathon are limited to a maximum of 23 000. (e.g. if 23,000 entries are received by 15 November 2014 then no further entries will be accepted).

Course / Route Map

The distance for 2015 is approximately 89km. The race starts at City Hall in Pietermaritzzburg and finishes at The Sahara-Kingsmead Cricket Stadium in Durban. The course passes through Ethembeni School for Handicapped Children, Camperdown and Cato Ridge, Alverstone Mast, Highest Point, Little Pollys, Arthur’s Seat, Wall of Honour and 45th Cutting.

Race Profile / Elevation Map
Race Tags

Not available.

Time Limits & Cutoffs
  • Only those who finish the race within the 12-hour cut-off will receive Badges and Medals.
  • All entrants must run with their own ChampionChip.
Course Records

Men: Leonid Shvetsov 05:24:47 (2008)
Women: Elena Nurgalieva 06:09:24 (2006)

Prize Money & Awards
  • Prize Money (Men & Women): 1st – 350,000.00, 2nd – 175,000.00, 3rd – 130,000.00, 4th – 65,000.00, 5th – 50,000.00
  • Badges and Medals: Gold – First 10 Men and Women, Wally Hayward – Position 11 to sub 6hrs 00min, Silver – 6hrs 00min to sub 7hrs 30 mins
T-Shirts, Medals, Certificates
  • All the finishers will be given Badges and Medals.
  • The event will be timed using the ChampionChip Timing system.
Water Stops & Refreshments
  • There are 50 refreshment tables on the route.
  • Energade, Pepsi is the carbonated cola beverage and water sachets will be available at each table.
  • Certain tables will offer biscuits, segments of oranges, bananas, cooked potatoes, energy bars and chocolates.
Expected Race Day Weather
  • It is mid-winter at this time of the year, but days are usually clear with an average daytime temperature of 3° – 24°C in Pietermaritzburg.

16 thoughts on “Comrades Marathon

Matthew Batista

Hi there
I have registered online and wish to update my qualifying time but am struggling to logon. In other words, I would like to submit my qualifying time. I have my username and password.


Robert Gcaba

Could you please confirm my registration for 2015, my race number is 50142, championchip number is VX5F139.

Thank you for your time.


khupisho edwin zulu

I will like to know that is my registration being accepted with id no 8309215324085.please let me know as soon as possible

Luyaba Mcoseleli

I am willing to register for 2015 commrades marathon is there any chances for to me to register yet or registrations has been closed?

Mike Masalesa

I did not register for the 2014 Comrades Marathon, do I still have a chance as I dont know if the 18 000 cut off is reached.

lesetja mafodi

i have registered on line sometime last year 2012 but i havent received any comfirmation on whether my registration went through, how and where do i check if i m really registered

Percy Zini

I Percy M. Zini id number 7008175339080 with licence number 11669 and, have registered at Mr. Price Sport in Alberton on the 28/11/2012 and i have not recieved my reference number for the race, please inform me if my entry had been received.


Percy, 0840330109/0844465431

nomfanelo noreen dandala

I registered online on the 29 november 2013 and i needed a reference no to pay at identified institutions as it is my first entry for a comrade marathon places cannot be able to access records i.e Mr price stores and post office. Can I be responded to and I declared my contact no as 072 4700 985. I am Transnet member club no343. Need guidance as a new participant My ID no 550723 0796 087.

Thank you

greg Mackett

The weather was unkind for the first half of the race with excessive wind. Other than that, I had an awsome run and got my 20th medal in a good time. The food available at water points made a big difference as there are those of us who require regular nutrition to stay focused. Thanks to the CMA for a well organised event.

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