It’s the final countdown! Avid Comrades Marathon runners have until the close of business tomorrow to enter and secure their place in the 2014 ‘Ultimate Human Race’.
The Comrades Marathon Association (CMA) has decided to close the entry process a day prior to that originally planned due to the cap of 18,000 entries being reached ahead of schedule. The cap was implemented in the recent past for logistical and organizational purposes; with the race being oversubscribed since 2009.
However, the CMA will allow Comrades Marathon enthusiasts who have not yet entered the iconic race, to make their entry before close of business tomorrow – 29 November at 4:30pm – at which time online entries and in-house entries at the Comrades Marathon offices will close.
CMA General Manager, Chris Bruwer says: ‘We will still accept postal entries but they must be postmarked by the Post Office with tomorrow’s date, 29 November 2013. Entries made after this date will be rejected.’
Runners who are going to submit their entry via post are reminded to submit their entry form and proof of payment, using one of the following options; cheque, postal order or direct deposit.
All cheques, postal orders and direct deposits must be made payable to the Comrades Marathon Association. Please post your entry to Comrades Marathon Association, PO Box 100621, Scottsville, 3209. No late entries will be accepted.
South Africa’s most celebrated running event has experienced a heightened interest since its recognition by the Guinness World Records for being the planet’s biggest ultra marathon in 2010 as well as being the winner of the Virgin Active Sport Industry Awards for South Africa’s Best Sport Participation Event.
The iconic road running race also enjoys its recognition as Africa’s oldest marathon and ultra marathon at the Association of International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS).
Naturally, the official organizing body of the event, the CMA is geared up for another fantastic staging of the renowned race. The 2014 Comrades Marathon will be run for the 89th time since the race was first staged in 1921. The start gun fires off in Pietermaritzburg on Sunday, 1 June 2014 and ends 12 hours later in Durban.
Visit the official website for more information on the race and the associated charitable initiatives.