Updated: September 1, 2016

The entry process for the 2017 Comrades Marathon opened on Monday.

The three-month process would conclude either when the 20 000 entry limit was reached, the Comrades Marathon Association (CMA) confirmed, or on the November 30 deadline.

“Prospective entrants are encouraged to get their entries in early to avoid disappointment,” the CMA said.

South African runners would be eligible for the R420 early bird entry fee until September 30, after which local entries would cost R460.

Runners from other African countries would pay R770 and international entrants would be charged R2 650.

Entry would be free to all participants who had completed the ultra-distance race 25 times.

Entries would be taken online (www.comrades.com), via post (PO Box 100621, Scottville, 3209) or by hand delivery to the CMA office in Pietermaritzburg.

Qualifying times would be accepted between August 27 and May 2, and the 2016 Comrades would not be accepted as an automatic qualifier.

The 92nd edition of the popular annual race, to be held on June 4, would be an ‘up’ run between Durban and Pietermaritzburg of around 88km.