Comrades Marathon

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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 race was run for the first time on 24 May 1921. It was the idea of World War I veteran Vic Clapham, to commemorate the South African soldiers killed during the war.

Website: Comrades Marathon | June 2, 2013

Live Race Day Coverage

Everything you want to know on how to catch up on the live action for 2013 Comrades Marathon, whether it is live TV broadcast, online streaming, or tracking your favorite runners on our Comrades Marathon 2013 Live Coverage page. Updated results will be available on Comrades Marathon 2013 Results page.


  • Ultra Marathon (up-run or down-run)

Start Times

  • The race starts at 05h30


To participate in Comrades Marathon you can register in the official website. Entries for the marathon will be cut off at 18,000 runners. Entry fees for South African: Early Bird Entry is R300.00. International Entry Fee : US$180.00 and
Rest of Africa Entry Fee : R500.00. Entry Fee is waived for holders of 25 or more Comrades medals.

Course / Route Map & Elevation Profile


The marathon is a ‘down-run’ starting at the City Hall in Pietermaritzburg and and finishing at the Sahara Kingsmead Cricket Stadium in Durban. The race is run on the roads of KwaZulu-Natal Province, marked by “The Big Five” set of hills. On the down run they appear in the following order: Polly Shortts, Inchanga, Botha’s Hill, Fields Hill and, finally, Cowie’s Hill. The course takes the runners through 45th Cutting, Wall of Honour, Arthur’s Seat, Little Pollys, Umlaas road, Alverstone Mast, Camperdown, Cato ridge and Ethembeni School.

Time Limits and Cutoffs

Only those who finish the race within the 12-hour cut-off will receive Badges and Medals. The final cut-off is at 12hrs 00min (17h30) and if runners have not reached the Finish, they must leave the route and retire from the race immediately.

Water Stops

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. Fresh sponges will be available at two points along the route. Sponging troughs will be situated at each refreshment station. The water in the sponging troughs will contain a steriliser.

Medical facilities – on route

  • 8 Physiotherapy Stations
  • 4 Diabetic stations (where blood sugar can be tested and Insulin will be available)
  • 2 fully staffed medical facilities on the second half of the route.

Prize Money/ Awards

Position Men Women
Position 1 R300,000.00 R300,000.00
Position 2 R145,000.00 R145,000.00
Position 3 R110,000.00 R110,000.00
Position 4 R55,000.00 R55,000.00
Position 5 R42,000.00 R42,000.00
Position 6 R25,000.00 R25,000.00
Position 7 R20,000.00 R20,000.00
Position 8 R18,000.00 R18,000.00
Position 9 R16,000.00 R16,000.00
Position 10 R14,000.00 R14,000.00

Course Records

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

T-Shirts, Medals, Certificates

All the finishers will be given Badges and Medals.

Race Day Weather

It is mid-winter at this time of the year, but days are usually clear with an average daytime temperature of 10.5° – 26°C in Durban and 3° – 24°C in Pietermaritzburg.

Results & Past Winners

Results of past runs for all runners are available at our Comrades Marathon Results page.

Race Date

Jun 1, 2014

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Race Registration

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Course / Route Map

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Race Profile / Elevation Map

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Time Limits & Cutoffs

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{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Mike Masalesa December 11, 2013 at 5:27 pm

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.


mlondolozi October 31, 2013 at 5:49 pm

I want to fund out where and when can I register for 2014 comrades, I stay in soweto,Gauteng


lesetja mafodi March 1, 2013 at 11:32 pm

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 December 12, 2012 at 11:58 am

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 November 30, 2012 at 9:00 pm

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 June 7, 2012 at 2:35 pm

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.


matlabeya mabapa March 29, 2012 at 3:14 am

i want to find out if my entry had been received and every details are ok? thank you.


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