Comrades Marathon

Comrades Marathon2020-02-18T12:31:09+00:00
  • Date
    14 June 2020
  • Location
    PMB-Durban, KwaZulu-Natal South Africa
  • Distance
    90 Km's

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THE ULTIMATE HUMAN RACE – 2020 Down Run, IPHUPHO LAMI – DARE TO DREAM

Courageous runners travel from all over the world (approximately 80 countries) to partake in the famed Comrades Marathon, rated as one of the Top 10 Ultra’s in the world and arguably known as the best. Comrades Marathon is the world’s largest and oldest ultra-marathon race with a distance of +/- 90 km / 56 miles. Run annually since 1921 (except during World War 2) between Durban and Pietermaritzburg.

Our Comrades Marathon packages are designed by Comrades Runners

GUARANTEED COMRADES MARATHON ENTRY FOR INTERNATIONAL RUNNERS

Join the 95th Comrades Marathon – The Ultimate Human Race, “Down run” in the “Zulu Kingdom” KwaZulu-Natal. Founded by Vic Clapham a World War 1 Veteran, to commemorate South Africa soldiers killed during the war, Comrades Marathon has been run annually since 1921 (except during World War 2) between Durban and Pietermaritzburg. The direction of the race changes every year as it alternates between the ‘up run’ and ‘down run’ (except for the millennium year 2000 which was a double down run). In 2021 the race will also be a double down due to the 100th  year celebration.

Completing the Comrades Marathon is a life changing achievement for every runner, novice or experienced. The atmosphere is sensational and the crowds supporting this major event are unique with in depth knowledge of what it takes to run the Comrades. The spirit of the Comrades Marathon is known to embody the attributes of camaraderie, selflessness, dedication, courage, perseverance, and ‘Ubuntu’ which is a term that roughly translates as humanity towards others. Whichever Comrades medal you achieve, this will be a race you will remember forever.

COMRADES 2020 COMBO PACKAGE:  DURBAN – PIETERMARITZBURG 

Our Combo Package is for Comrades Runners that wish to stay in Durban (main base) and in Pietermaritzburg on the night of 13th June 2020, the night before Comrades, very close to the Start.

HOTEL COMBO:

Garden Court Marine Parade & Pietermaritzburg for night of 13th

COMBO PACKAGE RATES: 11-15 JUNE 2020, 4 NIGHTS / 5 DAYS

R9,200 SINGLE ROOM, sole occupancy (1 person)

R6,250 TWIN ROOM, per person sharing (Max 2 persons) = R12,500 per room

R6,250 DOUBLE ROOM, per person sharing (Max 2 persons) = R12,500, per room

ADDITIONAL NIGHTS PRE / POST PER NIGHT: GARDEN COURT MARINE PARADE HOTEL

R1,675 SINGLE ROOM, sole occupancy (1 person)

R 987.50 TWIN ROOM, per person sharing (Max 2 persons) = R1,975 per room

R 987.50 DOUBLE ROOM, per person sharing (Max 2 persons) = R1,975 per room

  • Additional nights inclusive of accommodation, breakfast and all hotel taxes
  • Additional nights will be confirmed on request

THE TOUR PACKAGE INCLUSIONS AND EXCLUSIONS AT A GLANCE:

What is included in your package?

  • Return Airport transfers King Shaka International Airport / Hotel
  • 4 Nights, Hotel Accommodation, hotel taxes 15% VAT + 1% tourism levy included
  • Breakfast Daily
  • Return Transfer to Durban Expo for Race Registration – Friday
  • Transfer Durban to Pietermaritzburg – Saturday
  • Transfer to the Race Start in Pietermaritzburg – Saturday
  • Race Briefing & Pre-Race Dinner (food only) – Saturday
  • Meet and greet at designated point at Race finish to receive your tog bag – Sunday
  • Transfers from Race finish to your Durban Hotel – Sunday
  • Sports Adventure tours team to assist you for the duration of your stay
  • Personalised Comrades Training Plan & Pacing Chart by renowned Coach Norrie Williamson

What is not included in your package:

  • Comrades Marathon Race entry and ChampionChip
  • Flights to / from Durban, King Shaka International Airport (DUR) & Visa
  • Meals and all drinks unless stated in inclusions
  • Tips & Gratuity, unless stated above
  • Travel Insurance (available on request)
  • Anything not mentioned above, as included

COMRADES 2020 STAYPUT PACKAGE:  DURBAN

Our StayPut Package is for Comrades Runners and partners that wish to stay in Durban for the duration of their stay (does not include Pietermaritzburg on 13th June).

HOTEL OPTIONS:

Garden Court Marine Parade / Hilton Hotel Durban 5*

GARDEN COURT MARINE PARADE HOTEL PACKAGE RATES: 11-15 JUNE 2020, 4 NIGHTS / 5 DAYS

R9,300 SINGLE ROOM, sole occupancy (1 person)

R6,250 TWIN ROOM, per person sharing (Max 2 persons) = R12,500 per room

R6,250 DOUBLE ROOM, per person sharing (Max 2 persons) = R12,500, per room

GARDEN COURT MARINE PARADE HOTEL: ADDITIONAL NIGHTS PRE / POST PER NIGHT

R1,675 SINGLE ROOM, sole occupancy (1 person)

R 987.50 TWIN ROOM, per person sharing (Max 2 persons) = R1,975 per room

R 987.50 DOUBLE ROOM, per person sharing (Max 2 persons) = R1,975 per room

  • Additional nights inclusive of accommodation, breakfast and all hotel taxes
  • Additional nights will be confirmed on request

HILTON DURBAN HOTEL PACKAGE RATES: 11-15 JUNE 2020, 4 NIGHTS / 5 DAYS

R14,000 SINGLE ROOM, sole occupancy (1 person)

R7,800 TWIN ROOM, per person sharing (Max 2 persons) = R15,600 per room

R7,800 DOUBLE ROOM, per person sharing (Max 2 persons) = R15,600 per room

HILTON DURBAN HOTEL: ADDITIONAL NIGHTS PRE / POST PER NIGHT

R1,960 SINGLE ROOM, sole occupancy (1 person)

R 1,120 TWIN ROOM, per person sharing (Max 2 persons) = R2,240 per room

R 1,120 DOUBLE ROOM, per person sharing (Max 2 persons) = R2,240 per room

  • Additional nights inclusive of accommodation, breakfast and all hotel taxes
  • Additional nights will be confirmed on request

THE TOUR PACKAGE INCLUSIONS AND EXCLUSIONS AT A GLANCE:

What is included in your package?

  • Return Airport transfers King Shaka International Airport / Hotel
  • 4 Nights, Hotel Accommodation, hotel taxes 15% VAT + 1% tourism levy included
  • Breakfast Daily
  • Return Transfer to Durban Expo for Race Registration – Friday (not for Hilton Hotel guests as 1 minute walk)
  • Race Briefing & Pre-Race Dinner (food only) – Saturday
  • Transfer Durban to Pietermaritzburg Race Start at City Hall – Sunday
  • Meet and greet at designated point at Race finish – Sunday
  • Transfers from Race finish to your Durban Hotel – Sunday
  • Sports Adventure tours team to assist you for the duration of your stay
  • Personalised Comrades Training Plan & Pacing Chart by renowned Coach Norrie Williamson

What is not included in your package:

  • Comrades Marathon Race entry and ChampionChip
  • Flights to / from Durban, King Shaka International Airport (DUR) & Visa
  • Meals and all drinks unless stated in inclusions
  • Tips & Gratuity, unless stated above
  • Travel Insurance (available on request)
  • Anything not mentioned above, as included

COMRADES 2020 HOTEL ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS:

DURBAN HOTELS: We have a choice of 3 to 5 star hotels in Durban, including:

  • Hilton Durban Hotel 
  • City Lodge Hotel, Durban
  • Garden Court Marine Parade, Durban Beachfront
  • Belaire Suite Hotel, Durban Beachfront
  • UMHLANGA Beachfront Hotel (fabulous)

12-15 JUNE 2020, 3 Nights, 5 STAR HOTEL from R 10,500 / 3 STAR HOTEL from R 5,000 per Twin  or Double room

PIETERMARITZBURG HOTEL: 

Quality 3* Hotel, 3.5 Km walk to Comrades Start. This is a fantastic location.

Room Types Available;

DOUBLE ROOM / TWIN ROOM / SINGLE ROOM

OPTIONS FOR COMRADES RACE DAY – 14 JUNE 2020

  • R 800 RUNNERS Package for Race Day (refueling points) on 14 June 2020
  • R 2,800 SUPPORTERS Package on 14 June 2020
  • PACING CHARTS Personalized by leading Running Expert & Coach – anytime (before 13 June 2020)
  • TRANSPORT tailored to your group or individual request – anytime
  • ACHES & PAINS AFTERNOON PARTY on 15 June 2020

Full details on request

DURBAN CITY Hotels & Airbnb

UMHLANGA ROCKS Hotels & Airbnb

PIETERMARITZBURG Hotels & Airbnb

If you are arriving in Durban area earlier or staying longer we have some exciting options lined up for you, so you can maximize your Comrades Experience with our Comrades Adventures.

Enjoy KwaZulu-Natals fabulous Private Game Reserves, Spot the big 5!

Enjoy selected beach and Spa Resorts to relax

Adventure Day Trips from Durban – for 2 people minimum on set departure dates (with other adventure seekers.  Private tour available on request)

  1. Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve Tour: Full Day
  2. Shakaland Tour: Zululand, Eshowe, Full Day
  3. Sani Pass & Lesotho Tour: Drakensberg Region, Full Day
  4. Drakensburg World Heritage Tour: Full Day
  5. Durban City Tour: Half Day
  6. Cultural Highlights Tour: Durban area, Full Day
  7. uShaka Marine World Tour: Half Day
  8. Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift Tour: Full Day

RACE INFO

Date: Sunday 14 June 2020.

The Comrades Marathon is run under the rules and regulations of ASA, KZNA, IAAF and Comrades Marathon Association. Foreign athletes must strictly observe IAAF Rule 4.

All foreign athletes expecting to WIN PRIZE MONEY must note that to participate in the event, they require written approval (a permit) from their National Federations. In a case where a foreign athlete is entered through a South African athletics club, it is the responsibility of the club to assist the athlete in securing the permit, and to hand it over to the race organizers before the event takes place. Event organizers reserve the right to reject the entry of foreign athletes who violates IAAF Rule 4.

No personal mobile seconding is allowed in the Comrades or the athlete will be disqualified.

GRADE / ROUTE

The 2020 Comrades Marathon route is a “Down Run” from Pietermaritzburg to Durban an estimated 90 Km.

The race is known for The Big Five Hills: Cowies Hill, Fields Hill, Bothas Hill, Inchanga and Polly Shorts.

The Comrades Marathon is an enormous challenge. It is important to prepare physically for the challenge, and equally important to prepare mentally for the challenge of running 90 odd kilometers.

RACE PRE-ENTRY OPEN & CLOSE DATES

Race Registration: It is compulsory for all athletes to register online at www.comrades.com. Entries for 2020 open on 28 October 2019 at 08h00.

Substitutions: The Comrades Marathon Association will accept substitutions for the 2020 Comrades Marathon during the window period starting on 16 March  and ending 16 April 2020. No late substitutions will be accepted.

Runner participation is capped at around 27,500 runners

AGE RESTRICTION:

The Comrades Marathon is open to qualified runners 20 years and older on the day of Comrades (ASA Rule 20).

ENTRY FEES

Comrades runners that who have completed 25 or more Comrades Marathon’s gain free entry to the event (voucher number from CMA)

R600 for South African Residents

R1500 for SADC / Africa, includes Hospitality

R3800 for International Runners, includes Hospitality

QUALIFYING TIMES

It is mandatory to complete a qualifying marathon within 04:50 hours or qualify on one of the longer Road Ultra’s per specified criteria on Comrades website.

SEEDING

All runners are seeded in accordance with their qualification times, green numbers, charity, elite.

QUALIFYING RACES

A qualifying race must be completed between 24 August 2019 and by 04 May 2020 and the details submitted / updated to the your Comrades entry profile. Novices must pre-Qualify to enter. All qualifying races must be ASA or IAAF technically compliant and meet the Comrades Marathon qualifying criteria and you must submit your approved club name, license number and qualifying race details by no later than 2nd of May tbc. This can be done online at www.comrades.com.

No seeding upgrades will be accepted thereafter and particularly at Race Registration.  If you do not comply with the deadline, you will not be able to participate and your details will be removed from Comrades Marathon database, which means that you will NOT receive a goodie bag or runner’s t-shirt.

RACE START & FINISH

The Comrades “Down Run” STARTS it Pietermaritzburg City Hall at 05h30 on Sunday 14 June 2020 and FINISHES at the majestic Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban at 17h30, 12 hours later. The race is run from “gun to gun” and can be a brutal race if you do not make the final gun.

CUT-OFF TIMES

Time Limits and cut-offs: During the race an athlete must also reach five cut-off points in specified times to complete the race. The cut-off times for these points will be reconfirmed in the final race instructions. The CMA reserves the right to alter these positions and times. Runners will be required to board a rescue bus and be transported to the finish venue should they not have reached the cut-off points within the specified time. Runners must also finish within 12 hours and before the finish gun goes off in order to complete the Comrades Marathon.

RACE EXPO / RACE PACK COLLECTION ADDRESS

The Durban Expo can be really entertaining with much browsing and photo opportunities to do among the many exhibitors, though you are reminded not to spend excess time on your feet. You will need proof of ID, Passport or Drivers license, final race confirmation and your personal ChampionChip in order to collect your Race Pack.

Thursday 11 June 2020: 10h00-19h00

Friday 12 June 2020: 09h00-19h00

Saturday 13 June 2020: 09h00-17h00

RACE TIMING / CHIP

ChampionChip: You need to own your own personal non-transferable ChampionChip for this race. If you do not have one you can purchase it online with your race registration at www.comrades.com

The ChampionChip is issued to you at the Comrades Expo registration in June 2020 prior to the race. If you already own a ChampionChip you MUST bring and present your chip to the Comrades Expo when you collect race number. You will be disqualified if you run with someone else’s ChampionChip.

RACE PACK:

Consists of a goodie bag, souvenir magazine and your Limited Edition Comrades T-Shirt.

PACE SETTERS

There are multiple pace setters to illuminate your journey along the route.

REFRESHMENT STATIONS

Comrades Marathon is very well equipped with many refreshment stations at approximately every 2 km’s.

MEDICAL / FIRST AID STATIONS

Well catered for along the race and a huge contingent of medical support at the finish medical tent.

FINISHER MEDALS

All runners completing Comrades within the 12:00 cut off will receive the following Comrades Medals

Gold Medals are awarded to the first 10 men and first 10 woman to cross the finish

The Wally Haywood Medal for men, position 11 to sub 6:00 hours

Isavel Roche-Kelly for woman, position 11 sub 07:30 hours

Silver Medal, 06:00 to sub 07:30 hours

Bill Rowan, 07:30 to sub 09:00 hours

Robert Mtshali Medal, 09:00 to sub 10:00 hours

Bronze Medal, 10:00 to sub 11:00 hours

Vic Clapham, 11:00 to sub 12:00 hours

In addition to the above medals, Back to Back Medals are given to Novices that complete the “UP” and “Down Run” within two consecutive “novice” years.

RECORD HOLDERS:

05:24:29 “Up Run” Men: Leonid Shvetsov in 2008, Russia

06:09:23 “Up Run” Women: Gerda Steyn in 2019, South Africa

05:18:19 “Down Run” Men: David Gatebe in 2016, South Africa

05:54:43 “Down Run” Women: Frith van Der Merve in 1989, South Africa

Most Wins: Bruce Fordyce, 9 wins

Most Medals: Barry Holland 47 in 2019 and Louis Massyn 47 in 2019

PERSONAL KIT & WEATHER

June is winter in South Africa, the weather in KwaZulu-Natal is pleasant and can vary from 18-25 degrees. Early mornings and evenings can be a little chilly. Many Comrades runners wear tops at the start, gloves and buffs that they discard along the route to the grateful supporters and less privileged.

Make sure to pack all your usual runners gels and potions to sustain you for this epic race as well as your ChampionChip if you own one already, if not make sure you collect it at the Expo, as ordered upon race registration.

TERMS & CONDITIONS:

Event Terms & Conditions apply as per Race Organisers

Sports Adventure tours Terms and Conditions Apply

All hotel rooms/services are subject to availability at time of booking / confirmation

ADDITIONAL TERMS &  CONDITIONS:

50% payment on booking confirmation.

Full and final payment by 20 February 2020

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