Comrades Marathon Substitution Process opens tomorrow


The official 2015 Comrades Marathon Substitution Process opens tomorrow (1 April 2015). This means that runners who were unable to enter the 2015 Comrades Marathon during the official entry period (1 September – 30 November 2014) now have an opportunity to still be part of the world’s most famous ultra-marathon on Sunday, 31 May 2015 through the Substitution process.

The process runs for the first three weeks of April (1 – 21 April 2015) and allows for a runner who has not entered to substitute an entrant who has withdrawn, or intends to withdraw from the 2015 edition of The Ultimate Human Race.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 completed application forms as specified in the Substitution Rule must reach the CMA office by 21 April 2015. There will be no extension of this deadline and no postal applications will be accepted.

Athletes still intending to submit Substitution application forms are advised to visit the official Comrades Marathon website at for the downloadable forms and the comprehensive list of rules and regulations which govern the Substitution process. Prospective substitutes are encouraged to do their application online.

Race Director Rowyn James says, ‘The Substitution Rule has been part of the Comrades Marathon entry rules for the past three years and very well received by our runners. With the special 90th running of the Comrades Marathon this year, we look forward to seeing many more athletes taking to the start line on Sunday, 31 May 2015.’