Comrades : Comrades Marathon Route Changes
With the opening of entries for the 2018 Comrades Marathon today (1.9.2017), the Comrades Marathon Association (CMA) has issued details of the route for next year’s race. This will be the 46th Down Run in Comrades history.
CMA Race Director, Rowyn James has confirmed that the route will only change in the final 8km of the race.
He says the aim is to keep the route distance as close as possible to the previous Comrades Down Run route. “The distance of the Down Run in 2016 was 89.2km long and we are working on achieving a distance as close as possible to this.”
“We are currently looking at a modified route through the Berea. As it stands, this will take the athlete through the suburbs of Sherwood, Sydenham, Overport, Clare Estate and Berea. We will however look at the shortest, most feasible route to ensure that our athletes get to enjoy the best of The Ultimate Human Race.”
“Part of our thinking has been to avoid the N3 national freeway, being the main artery into the City of Durban. We are also steering clear of the ‘Concrete Canyon’.”
James has advised that details of the confirmed route will be communicated as soon as these are finalised. He concludes, “The CMA is working closely with the eThekwini Municipality which is our host city partner for the Finish and eThekwini Metro Police; as well as the provincial athletics federation, KwaZulu-Natal Athletics in terms of route measurement and other deliverables.”
Entries open tomorrow and close on 30 November 2017 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 2018 Comrades Marathon are as follows:
- Early Bird Entries : R 460.00
- Local Entries : R 500.00
- International : R3300.00
Athletes from South Africa and the Rest of Africa will be eligible for the ‘early bird’ entry fee of R460 if their entry is received before 30 September 2017. The regular entry fee of R500 will kick in on 1 October 2017 until the entry process closes. Please note that athletes from the Rest of Africa will pay the same entry fee as South African runners. The international entry fee is applicable to all entrants outside of the African continent.