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.

Race Date

May 31, 2015

Event Type

Start Times

Men: 05h30
Women: 05h30

No. Runners



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Race Registration

To participate in Comrades Marathon you can register in the official website. Entries for the marathon will be cut off at 18,000 runners. Early Bird Entry for South African Entrants is R320.00.

Entry forms will only be available from 1 September 2013. Entries close on 30 November 2013 or as soon as the entry cap of 18000 is reached. Runners who have completed 25 Comrades Marathons or more gain free entry to the event.

Course / Route Map

The distance for 2014 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

Not available.

Race Tags

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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.

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{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

GIDION April 9, 2015 at 4:41 pm

please may you update me about the number of the participants till today?


Luyaba Mcoseleli February 21, 2015 at 5:47 am

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


Thabo Sello May 17, 2014 at 11:47 am

I would like to know if my entry has been received

thank you


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.


Dikolomela A.B December 6, 2013 at 2:59 pm

Hi,I registered for comrades and still waiting for confirmation,id no.7409206009082


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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