NO TURNING BACK
30 August 2017
The 2018 Comrades Marathon is set to be even more spectacular with a great new slogan and an iconic new finish venue. Unveiling its campaign theme at the annual media launch of the 93rd edition of The Ultimate Human Race, the Comrades Marathon Association (CMA) also announced some exciting changes.
Several of South Africa’s top runners, including 2018 Comrades Marathon Champ Bongmusa Mthembu as well as sporting personalities, road-running dignitaries and other stakeholders attended the media launch.
The campaign theme ‘Asijiki – No Turning Back’ is sure to strike a cord with many runners. “It perfectly encapsulates the grit, perseverance and determination it takes to complete a Comrades Marathon. It is a relevant and all-inclusive campaign slogan that is bound to unite Comrades Marathon runners in one magnificent running of The Ultimate Human Race,” said CMA Chairperson Sifiso Nzuza. Since the unveiling of the theme social media platforms have been abuzz with runners already falling in love with the slogan.
New Finish Venue
Next year’s Down Run on Sunday, 10 June starts at the Pietermaritzburg City Hall at 05H30 and ends 12 hours later at the iconic Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban. This will be the 46th Down Run in Comrades history. The choice of the new finish venue has been long overdue, said CMA Race Director Rowyn James.
Many runners are a tad worried that the new finish venue would add even more kilometres to the already gruelling race, but James calmed fears by saying the distance will most likely be very close to the usual distance of around 89.2km for the Down Run. The route will most likely be changed from 45th Cutting to the Moses Mabidha Stadium. The exact route change and distance will be announced later.
Comrades will in future always be run on the second Sunday of June, making it easier for runners to plan ahead. Pietermaritzburg is a small town that came under immense strain because of the many sporting activities that usually coincide on the first weekend of June, said James.
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Entry fees for athletes from South Africa and the Rest of Africa are now the same:
· Early Bird Entries: R460 (entry needs to be received before 30 September 2017).
· Local Entries: R500 (this regular entry fee will kick in on 1 October until the entry process closes).
· International: R3 300.
Opening and Closing Date
The opening date for entries is 1 September and the entry period closes on 30 November, 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.
Prize money has increased with the first man and first lady home to each receive a prize purse of R440 000, the second man and second lady home will each get R220 000 and the third man and lady home will bag R170 000 each.
Runners can enter as follows:
· Online via the Comrades Marathon website (www.comrades.com) or via the Comrades App.
· By posting their completed entry forms with proof of payment to the CMA Office: PO 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
The qualifying period is applicable from 27 August 2017 till 2 May 2018. The 2017 Comrades Marathon is not an automatic qualifier for next year’s race.
The Substitution Process will open on 26 March and close on 25 April 2018.
Three new charities have been chosen to be part of the Comrades Amabeadibeadi charity drive for the next three years. The Childhood Cancer Foundation SA (CHOC), Hillcrest Aids Centre Trust and Hospice South Africa will join the Community Chests of Pietermaritzburg and Durban, Wildlands Conservation Trust and World Vision SA as the beneficiary charities of the Comrades Marathon.
CMA General Manager Chris Fisher said: “Next year’s Down Run will certainly be a grand affair, finishing at Durban’s iconic Moses Mabhida Stadium. We welcome all of our runners, supporters and stakeholders to share in the joy and excitement of Comrades race day on Sunday, 10 June 2018.”
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