The next Comrades Marathon will be held on 14th June 2020. It starts at 05.30 in the City Hall, Pietermaritzburg and finishes at 17.30 in the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban.
With this date in mind, that means The Comrades Marathon 2020 is less than eight months away now! And with entries opening on 28th October, it is not long to make that decision about whether to apply.
The Comrades Marathon is steeped in history. It is the world’s largest and oldest ultra marathon race. The first race was held in 1921, and with the exception of a break during World War II, it has been run every year since. 2020 is an exciting year to run as it marks the 95th Comrades Marathon.
Since the Comrades Marathon’s inception, over 300,000 athletes have completed it. In its first year, there were just 16 finishers out of 34 starters. Its success has grown significantly over the years and in 2020, there are 27500 places available.
If you’ve ever seen a video clip of the Comrades Marathon start, you’ll see how incredible and extraordinary the start line is. The race starts in the dark and the atmosphere is absolutely electric. The famous ‘Chariots of Fire’ song that is played will no doubt give you goosebumps! During the race, there is so much camaraderie amongst the runners, and the support is amazing, especially towards the finish. As the 2020 Comrades Marathon is a ‘Down Run’ and finishes in Durban, it has beautiful views of the coastline in the last part of the race, which definitely helps runners keep going during the last few tough kilometres.
The Comrades Medal is regarded by many as one of the most prized medals a runner can achieve. What is also so special is that there are different medals for certain finishing times and positions. The 2020 medal will also be a 95th commemorative designed medal, so don’t miss this one. Here are the medals there are to be achieved:
|Gold||First 10 Men and Women|
|Wally Hayward (Men)||Position 11 to sub-6hrs 00min|
|Isavel Roche-Kelly (Women)||Position 11 to sub-7hrs 30min|
|Silver||6hrs 00min to sub-7hrs 30min|
|Bill Rowan||7hrs 30min to sub-9hrs 00min|
|Robert Mtshali||9hrs 00min to sub-10hrs 00min|
|Bronze||10hrs 00min to sub-11hrs 00min|
|Vic Clapham||11hrs 00min to sub-12hrs 00min|
Booking your Comrades 2020 place and trip with us means we do all the work for you. We are a specialist Africa Travel Company, so not only do we organise your race entry, but we also book your entire trip for you.
We are offering a five-night package from 11th June- 16th June 2020. This package includes international flights, local travel, accommodation, activities and of course entry to The Comrades Marathon 2020.
We have specifically considered the needs of our athletes running Comrades in 2020. We, therefore, provide accommodation for four nights in Umhlanga, Durban and the night before the race you’ll be staying near Pietermaritzburg, where the race starts. Transfers to from the hotel to the race start are also included. This will allow you to get some much needed extra sleep before the race.
If you’d like to extend your stay in South Africa beyond the five nights, we can also book this for you and there are so many fantastic options, including safari and beach lodges. If you’d like further information on entry to Comrades 2020 or to book a place with us, please email us on [email protected]. There is also additional information on our website www.africamarathons.com/run/comrades-marathon/