Cape Town - One week into the 2016 Comrades Marathon entry process the Comrades Marathon Association (CMA) have confirmed that over a quarter of the 20,000 entry cap have been filled.
The entry barometer stood at 5092 on Tuesday afternoon, with those interested in running encouraged to view www.comrades.com for the latest entry tally.
The three month long entry process opened on spring day, September 1, and is set to close on November 30 or as soon as the entry cap of 20,000 has been reached.
South African entrants are urged to enter early in order to qualify for the ‘early bird’ entry fee of R380 if their entry is received before September 30. The regular South African entry fee of R420 will kick in on October 1 until the entry process is closed.
Entry fees for the 2016 Comrades Marathon are as follows:
Local Entries - R 420.00
Rest of Africa - R 700.00
International - R2400.00
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:
P.O. Box 100621, Scottsville, 3209;
· by handing in their completed entry form together with the original bank deposit slip at the CMA office in Pietermaritzburg.
Entry forms are available at local running clubs, provincial sporting federations and the CMA office; as well as selected qualifying races which the Comrades Team will be attending from September to November.
The 91st Comrades Marathon will be a down-run on May 29 2016. The race starts at the Pietermaritzburg City Hall at 05:30 and ends 12 hours later at the Kingsmead Cricket Stadium in Durban, covering a distance of around 90km.