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9 June 2024 | South Africa

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Comrades Marathon 2024 with Africa Marathons

Please note:

  • Very important Comrades Marathon information - We can unfortunately only cater for international entrants. No places are available with us for athletes resident in South Africa

  • The provisional date for Comrades Marathon 2024 is scheduled for Sunday, 9 June 2024
  • The official qualifying period is 1 September 2023 to 2 May 2024.
  • Please click here or below for our 2024 confirmed itinerary, so email us now to reserve your place on the Africa Marathons team. Spaces are limited so please check with us as soon as possible.

The legendary Comrades Marathon is the world's oldest and largest Ultramarathon. The 97th running of Comrades Marathon 2024 will be back to an 'up run'. If the record-breaking Comrades 2023 is anything to go by the celebration of The Ultimate Human Race in 2024 will be even bigger.

The Comrades Marathon was run for the first time on the 24th of May 1921 and has been run every year since, with the exception of World War II and unfortunately 2020 & 2021. The race was the brainchild of WWI veteran Vic Clapham, to commemorate South African soldiers killed during the war. Clapham himself had endured a 2,700km trek through East Africa during the war and wanted the memorial to be a supreme test of physical endurance.

Ultramarathons are any distance over the standard 42.2km marathon and this is one of the very best in the world. The Comrades is run between the cities of Durban and Pietermaritzburg in KwaZulu-Natal and alternates each year between an ‘up’ run starting from Durban, and the ‘down’ run starting from Pietermaritzburg, taking on the challenging ‘Big Five’ set of hills.

The race distance slightly varies each year but is approximately 90 km. There are 27,500 entry places (2,500 international entries) and runners must complete the course in under 12 hours, also reaching a number of cut-off points at allocated times to continue in the race. Runners must have completed an official ‘qualifying’ marathon in under 4 hours and 50 minutes to enter this prestigious event.

The Comrades is a very special event and one that should be on all runners' bucket lists – the strong values of camaraderie, courage and commitment, dedication, passion and perseverance are key to making this event so unique.

Africa Marathons arranges everything for athletes who join us for the Comrades Marathon and offer a fantastic package to take part in the ultimate human race.

Please check back soon or subscribe to our newsletter to be notified of our travel itinerary for 2024.

To join the Africa Marathons Team please email - [email protected] or ring +44 1932 361807 (UK) +1 844 390 1798 (USA) +44 (0)7791360170 (Rob).

 

Thinking of running Comrades Marathon with Africa Marathons? Please do watch our video in collaboration with The Running Channel below. Be warned though you will want to sign up straight away!

Pre- or Post Marathon Bucket List Items

Race Stories from the Comrades Marathon

September 1, 2023

It’s Official – The 2024 Comrades Marathon Direction Is Confirmed

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June 15, 2023

Comrades Marathon 2023 Provisional Results Are Out

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June 10, 2023

The 2023 Comrades Marathon: Top Contenders Revealed

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"It's been a year since I ran the Comrades Marathon. I love racing, so I do seem to find myself on lots of start lines all over the world. However, Comrades still sits at the forefront of my mind as one of my fondest racing memories.⁣
I like to think of myself as bold, independent and up for an adventure, but there is something so comforting about knowing someone else has planned every detail surrounding your race for you, and all you need to do is roll out of bed and run. Point-to-point races in a foreign country far from home could be a logistical nightmare, but there was nothing that wasn't thought about and taken care of by Africa Marathons. If you're keen to do one of the best races in the world, do get in contact with Rob and Clyde to make the experience even better. I'll have signed up again before I've finished writing this!" - Jess Johnson

If that doesn't sell it, we don't know what will!
The 2023 Cape Town Marathon is officially sold out, and yes this IS the first time this has ever happened!⁣
The good news is you can still join us in 2024, and we are ready to give you the best experience possible. Get in touch now for more information 📞.
Safari, Spectacular Sunsets and Big Blue Skies⁣.

Rhino Lodge is a favourite of ours here at Africa Marathons. Just 3 hours from Durban, nestled in the heart of Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park there's no better place to unwind post Comrades Marathon. 

They were the first luxury safari lodge to be established within this world-renowned Big 5 game reserve which is also home to thriving populations of African wild dogs, lion, elephant and multitudes of other species. Capturing the suspension between earth and sky, this glass-wrapped lodge rests on a ridge overlooking Africa’s oldest game reserve. Down below a waterhole, frequented by a diversity of wildlife, pulling your eye away from the extraordinary views, as you slow down and connect with the earth.

Sound like somewhere you'd like to find yourself once the running is complete?
The Queen of Ultras @carlamolinaro on Two Oceans Marathon & why YOU should join her on the start line...⁣
"Two Oceans is one of my favourite races that I have ever done. It has a mix of a fast flat first half and tough hills with incredible views along for the second. Going up Chapmans Peak at sunrise is very special and I love the variety you get from this course. I am already excited about standing on that start line again and racing next year."
Mark your calendars! The 97th Comrades Marathon is set to kick off on June 9th, 2024. ⁣
Put on those running shoes, practice your uphill strut, and get ready for an epic adventure from Durban to Pietermaritzburg. The clock will start ticking at 05:30 in Durban, and you’ll have a solid 12 hours to conquer the course and earn those bragging rights. 

See you at the starting line!

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The founders and directors of Africa Marathons have over 35 years of combined experience in the Africa travel industry. We promote and offer packages to running events in 4 African countries at present.

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Whether you are an experienced or novice runner, looking for a new challenge or simply thinking about visiting the continent for the first time, we would love to speak to you!

Very important Comrades Marathon information - We can unfortunately only cater for international entrants. No places are available with us for athletes resident in South Africa