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Friday September 21, 2018
The Comrades Marathon App has been Launched!!!

Aspirant Comrades athletes have been urged to enter now due to the unprecedented demand for entries into #Comrades2018. Comrades Marathon Association (CMA) Race Director, Rowyn James has advised that at the rate the entry barometer is rising, the entry cap will be reached by the end of September.

With just two weeks into the 2018 Comrades Marathon entry process, the CMA has announced that over 13,700 entries were received by yesterday afternoon. That is more than two-thirds of the 20,000-entry cap already snapped up.

The Early Bird entry process, applicable to South African and Rest of Africa athletes closes in two weeks (30 September 2017).

Entry fees for the 2018 Comrades Marathon are as follows:

  • Early Bird Entries : R 460.00
  • Local Entries : R 500.00
  • International : R3300.00

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. 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:;
  • by posting their completed entry form with proof of payment to the CMA Office: P.O. Box 100621, Scottsville, 3209;
  • by handing in their completed entry form together with payment at Comrades House, 18 Connaught Road, Scottsville, Pietermaritzburg.

Qualifying for the 2018 Comrades Marathon is applicable as of 27 August 2017 until 2 May 2018. Runners are advised that the 2017 Comrades Marathon will not be an automatic qualifier for next year’s race. Instead, the qualifying criteria for next year’s Comrades Marathon will be to complete a standard 42.2km marathon in under 5 hours.

The six official Comrades Amabeadibeadi charities selected for the next three years are The Childhood Cancer Foundation SA (CHOC), Hillcrest Aids Centre Trust, Hospice South Africa, The Community Chests of Pietermaritzburg and Durban, Wildlands Conservation Trust and World Vision SA.

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