The 2016 Comrades Marathon will be run on Sunday 29 May from Pietermaritzburg to Durban, it was announced at the event’s campaign launch in Johannesburg on Thursday. South Africa’s 2015 Comrades Marathon winners, Gift Kelehe and Caroline Wostmann; along with the nation’s other top runners, sporting personalities and stakeholders were present at the special launch of the world’s most famous ultra-marathon.
The 2016 campaign is centered on the humbling aspect of the race with the slogan: ‘Izokuthoba – It Will Humble You’. CMA General Manager, Chris Fisher unveiled the 2016 campaign saying: ‘With its 90 year history, the Comrades Marathon is recognized as the biggest and oldest ultra-marathon in the world; and also the most challenging. The beauty of this event is that it is a humbling experience and you may never be the same person again once you have completed it. My call to you is to get involved, either as a runner, a volunteer or a supporter. Please visit our website www.comrades.com for more information or connect with us via social media.’
The 91st Comrades Marathon will be a down-run starting at the Pietermaritzburg City Hall at 05:30 and ending 12 hours later at the Sahara-Kingsmead Cricket Stadium in Durban, covering a distance of around 90km. 1 September 2015 is the opening date for entries into the 2016 Comrades Marathon. The entry period will close on 30 November 2015 or as soon as the entry cap of 20 000 has been reached. Prospective entrants are encouraged to get their entries in early to avoid disappointment.
Entry fees for the 2016 Comrades Marathon are as follows:
Local Entries : R 420.00
Rest of Africa : R 700.00
International : R2400.00
South African runners will be eligible for the “early bird” entry fee of R380 if their entry is received before 30 September 2015. The regular South African entry fee of R420 will kick in on 1 October 2015 until the entry process is closed. Entry is free to all runners who have completed the Comrades Marathon 25 times or more. Runners can enter as follows:
* Online via the Comrades Marathon website: www.comrades.com
* By posting their completed entry form with proof of payment to the CMA Office in Pietermaritzburg: PO Box 100621, Scottsville, 3209
* By handing in their completed entry form together with payment at the CMA office in Pietermaritzburg.
Entry forms will be available at local running clubs, provincial sporting federations and the CMA; as well as selected qualifying races which the Comrades Team will be attending from September to November. Qualifying for the 2016 Comrades Marathon will be applicable from 30 August 2015 till 2 May 2016. Runners are advised that the 2015 Comrades Marathon will not be an automatic qualifier for next year’s race.
CMA Race Director, Rowyn James says: ‘The CMA values the support of the clubs, hence us aligning the qualifying period with our entry period and to start with the local Mandela Day Marathon and inaugural Sizwe Irene Marathon taking place on the 30th.’ The Substitution window period will be from 1 – 21 April 2016. CMA Chairperson, Macdonald Chitja says: ‘We are pleased to unveil our 2016 Comrades Marathon campaign. Any Comrades runner will tell you that running The Ultimate Human Race is indeed a humbling experience. We welcome all of our runners, supporters and stakeholders to share in the humility, camaraderie and beauty of race day on Sunday, 29 May 2016.’