Johannesburg - With the 93rd Comrades Marathon fast approaching on June 10, runners have been given one last chance to enter and compete in one of the world’s greatest races.
Those who missed the November 30 deadline now have a chance to register as a substitute.
The substitution rule allows a runner who has not entered to be a substitute for an entrant who has withdrawn, or intends to withdraw, from the race.
Marathon association race director Rowyn James said the substitution process started on Monday and would end on April 25.
The application cost is R200.
“Athletes who were unable to enter the race during the official entry period last year now have another opportunity to be part of the great event, thanks to the substitution process,” said James.
The substitution rule is applicable to all entrants.
Media officer Delaine Cools said those who would be replaced were runners who had been injured or who were not physically ready to compete.
However, she said all the usual qualifying requirements would still be adhered to.
Only runners who qualify to be part of the race will be allowed to substitute other participants.
Cools said there was a lot of work happening behind the scene.
“We have 23 000 entrants, but we estimate about 17 000 will make it to the starting line.”
The deadline for submission of all qualifying criteria is May 2.
Runners can enter their profiles on the website at comrades.com and update their details online.
The 90km marathon will be a down run this year, starting at the Pietermaritzburg City Hall and finishing at Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban.