CMA OPENS ENTRIES FOR THE 2016 RACE
By: Zanele Mbatha
Entries for the 91st edition of the Comrades Marathon are now open, the Comrades Marathon Association (CMA) announced on Spring Day.
Entries opened on the 1st of September and will close on 30 November, or as soon as the entry cap of 20 000 has been reached. The landmark edition is scheduled to take place on 29 May
The 2016 campaign is centred on the slogan Izokuthoba which is an IsiZulu phrase that means it will humble you.
CMA Race Director, Rowyn James, has urged prospective entrants to get their entries in early and to take careful note of the entry process and the cut-off date
since entries are limited to a maximum of 20 000 and there will be no extensions.
“We encourage our runners to enter early and to experience the beauty and humbling nature of the world’s greatest ultra-marathon,” said James.
The 90km race will start at the Pietermaritzburg City Hall at 5.30pm and ends at the Kingsmead Cricket Stadium in Durban.
Entry fees for the marathon are R420 for local entries, R700 for athletes from the rest of Africa, R2400 for international athletes and free of charge to all runners who have completed
the Comrades Marathon 25 times or more.
South African runners will be eligible for the ‘early bird’ entry fee of R380 if their entry is received before 30 September.
One of the hopefuls for the next edition is Bonginkosi Mkhize who is an athlete from Umlazi Township.
He said that he has been preparing for the marathon for the past three years and he is now ready to participate in the race.
“I am looking forward to participate in the race next year and I do not have many expectations for the race, all I’m aiming for is to finish the race,” said Mkhize.
Entry forms will be available at local running clubs, provincial sporting federations, the CMA, as well as selected qualifying races which the Comrades Team will be attending from
September to November.