Updated: August 14, 2015

The 2016 Comrades Marathon was launched in Johannesburg on Thursday, with organisers promising another spectacular edition of the prestigious annual ultra-distance race in KwaZulu-Natal.
“The beauty of this event is that it is a humbling experience and you may never be the same person again once you have completed it,” said Comrades Marathon Association (CMA) general manager Chris Fisher.
“My call to you is to get involved, either as a runner, a volunteer or a supporter. Please visit our website
( for more information or connect with us via social media.”
The 91st Comrades Marathon, centred around the slogan ‘Izokuthoba – It Will Humble You’, will be a ‘down’ run between Pietermaritzburg and Durban on Sunday, 29 May 2016.
Entries open on 1 September and will close on 30 November or as soon as the entry cap of 20 000 has been reached.
“Prospective entrants are encouraged to get their entries in early to avoid disappointment,” organisers said in a statement.
Local runners will be charged a R420 fee (R380 for early bird entries before September 30), participants from other African nations will pay R700, and those from other foreign countries will fork out R2 400.
Entry is free to all runners who have completed the gruelling race 25 times or more.
Organisers said runners could enter online, by posting their completed entry form with proof of payment to the CMA Office in Pietermaritzburg (P.O. Box 100621, Scottsville, 3209) or by handing in their completed entry form together with payment at the CMA office.
Entry forms are also available at local running clubs, provincial sports federation offices and the CMA; as well as selected qualifying races which the ‘Comrades team’ will be attending from September to November.
Qualifying for the 2016 race opens on 30 August and closes on 2 May.
“Runners are advised that the 2015 Comrades Marathon will not be an automatic qualifier for next year’s race,” organisers said.
A substitution window period will be held between 1 – 21 April.
“Any Comrades runner will tell you that running the Ultimate Human Race is indeed a humbling experience,” said race director Rowyn James.
“We welcome all of our runners, supporters and stakeholders to share in the humility, camaraderie and beauty of race day.”