The Comrades Marathon Association (CMA) has announced that entries for the 2016 Comrades Marathon will close within three weeks or as soon as the cap of 20 000 entries has been reached.
There are currently just over 5 000 entries available. Next year’s field includes nearly 13 500 South African athletes, about 200 Rest of Africa runners and almost 900 International entrants from more than 60 countries. CMA Race Director, Rowyn James has urged all runners who have not entered as yet to get their entry in before the entry process closes.
James says, ‘There is not much time left before the three-month long entry process closes. Our Board, Staff and Race Organising Committee are all hard at work to ensure that the 2016 Comrades Marathon is a wonderful experience for our runners.’
James adds, ‘Sunday, 29 May 2016 will be the 45th down-run in the history of the race and the 91st running of the world’s biggest and oldest ultra-marathon.’ The race alternates between an ‘up-run’ and a ‘down-run’ between the host cities of Pietermaritzburg and Durban every year.
The Comrades Marathon has earned its place in the Guinness World Records, in addition to winning other significant awards. It was recently shortlisted for the 2016 Discovery Sport Industry Awards in the categories; Sport Brand of the Year and Sport Participation Event of the Year, the winners of which will be announced in February next year.
Please visit www.comrades.com to enter the 2016 Comrades Marathon, view the rising entry barometer or obtain further information.