Cape Town - The 90th Comrades Marathon, an up-run from Durban to Pietermaritzburg on Sunday, May 31, 2015 will have six official cut-offs along the route.
The Comrades Marathon Association’s (CMA) Race Director, Rowyn James, has announced that the following cut-offs have been confirmed and will form part of this year’s race rules.
The total distance is 87.7km and the race will start at 05:30.
Route area/landmark - Distance done - Distance to go - Time
Cowies Hill - 17km - 70.7km - 2:40:00 (08:10)
Winston Park - 30.7km - 57km - 4:30:00 (10:00)
Drummond (Halfway) - 43.7km - 44km - 6:15:00 (11:45)
N3 Subway - Cato Ridge - 57.7km - 30km - 8:10:00 (13:40)
Umlaas Road Interchange - 67.7km - 20km - 9:30:00 (15:00)
Top of Polly Shortts - 80.2km - 7.5km - 11:10:00 (16:40)
James says, "Due to the extra 877m route deviation in the first half of the race, the previously advertised halfway cut off of 6 hours has been extended to 6:15 so as to factor in the additional distance."
James added, "The cut-offs are an important facet of the race and are there for the well-being of the runner. Should a runner not make any one of the cut-offs within the allotted time, they will not be able to complete the race within the overall 12-hour cut-off time. It is a sad reality for quite a few runners every year but it is all for the runner’s good.’
James concluded, "The 90th Comrades Marathon has attracted runners from across the globe. The CMA warmly welcomes all runners and supporters to our beautiful province in celebration of the world’s biggest and oldest ultra-marathon. We invite the nation to be part of it!’