Pietermaritzburg - As aspirant Comrades runners prepare
themselves for peak performance in this year’s up-run, the Comrades Marathon
Association has announced the official distance of the 2017 Comrades Marathon
as well as marginal changes to the route.
"The officially measured and certified distance is 86.73km. With regards to the
route changes, we will return to the original up-run course through Pinetown
without any detours and follow the traditional route from the start outside the
Durban City Hall all the way to Pietermaritzburg, except for the last 7km or so," said CMA Race Director, Rowyn James.
"Just after the top
of Polly Shortts, a revised route will be followed to the new finish venue of
Scottsville Racecourse. The route is similar to the one of the 1998 and 2000 Comrades
Marathons, with a few minor tweaks here and there."
The 2017 Comrades up-run will be
slightly shorter than the two most recent up-run routes. The 2013 route was
86.86km long while the 2015 route measured 87.72km.
In line with the Safety at Sports and
Recreational Events Act 2010, James has also confirmed that the Scottsville
Racecourse will serve as the finish venue for this year’s race.
"Aligning with the requirements of the Events Act necessitated the move to the
racecourse. The landmark location served as the finish venue of both the 1998
and 2000 editions of the Comrades Marathon," he said.
"We are working closely
with the owners of the Scottsville Racecourse, Gold Circle, to ensure that the
facilities and other arrangements are in keeping with Comrades Marathon
standards and to meet the needs of both our runners and spectators on race day,
Sunday, June 4, 2017."