Welcome to the Comrades Marathon
09 Jun 2019|South Africa
The legendary Comrades Marathon is the world's oldest and largest Ultramarathon. The Comrades was run for the first time on the 24th May 1921 and has been run every year since, with the exception of during World War II. 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 90kms. There are 20,000 entry places 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 5 hours to enter this prestigious event.
The Comrades is a very special event and one that should be on all runners' tick list – the strong values of camaraderie, courage and commitment, dedication, passion and perseverance are key to making this event so unique.
Pre- or Post Marathon Bucket List Items
View the Big FiveKruger Region
Relax in Camps BayCape Town
Hike the DrakensbergKwaZulu-Natal
Explore the Anglo-Boer BattlefieldsKwaZulu-Natal
Experience a SafariKwaZulu-Natal
Go Whale WatchingHermanus
Visit the WinelandsFranschhoek, Stellenbosch & Paarl
Shop the WaterfrontCape Town
Visit Robben IslandCape Town
Hike Table MountainCape Town
Explore Boulders BeachCape Town
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