Updated: September 8, 2016

The Comrades Marathon will finish at Scottsville Racecourse in 2017, organisers confirmed on Thursday, returning to the venue for the first time in 15 years.

While the 130-year-old racecourse had hosted the finish in 2000 and 2002, the ‘up’ run between Pietermaritzburg and Durban had been completed at the Oval Cricket Stadium since 2004.

“We are working closely with the owners of the Scottsville Racecourse, Gold Circle, to ensure that the facilities and other arrangements are in keeping with Comrades Marathon standards and to meet the needs of both our runners and spectators on race day,” said race director Rowyn James.

Eight days after entries opened for the 88km race on June 4 next year, 5 500 runners had already registered to participate in the event.

Entries were due to close on November 30, or when the 20 000 entry cap was reached.