Cape Town - Comrades Marathon runners who were unable to enter the 2017 Comrades
Marathon during the official entry period (September 1 – November 30, 2016) now
have an opportunity to still be part of the world’s biggest and oldest
ultra-marathon through the official 2017 Comrades Marathon Substitution
The Comrades Marathon Association (CMA) has announced that the
Substitution Process will run for one month between mid-March and mid-April
The Substitution Rule allows for a runner who has not entered to
substitute an entrant who has withdrawn, or intends to withdraw from the 2017
edition of The Ultimate Human Race.
Substitutions can only take effect on a like for like basis, meaning SA
runners can only substitute for SA entrants, Rest of Africa (ROA) for other ROA
runners and International runners for International entrants. The
Substitution process officially opens on March 14 and closes on April 14, 2017.
Athletes are urged to take note that the Substitution application forms
will only be available on the official Comrades Marathon website at www.comrades.com as of March 14.
Athletes will be able to download the forms and the
comprehensive list of rules and regulations which govern the Substitution process.
Prospective substitutes are encouraged to do their application online. "The Substitution
Rule has been very well received by our runners for the past five years,
thereby ensuring that as many athletes as possible have the opportunity to
participate in the Comrades Marathon," CMA Race Director Rowyn James said.