Route and distance revealed for Comrades Marathon

 
Updated: January 16, 2017


The official race distance and route changes have been confirmed for this year’s Comrades Marathon, an ‘up’ run to be held between Durban and Pietermaritzburg on June 4.
“The officially measured and certified distance is 86.73km,” race director Rowyn James said on Monday.
The 92nd edition of the annual race would be slightly shorter than the last two ‘up’ run routes in 2013 (86.86km) and 2015 (87.72km).
Route changes included a return to Pinetown, a popular spectator point between the iconic climbs at Cowies and Fields hills, as well as some adjustments over the last few kilometres due to the change of finish venue from the Oval Cricket Stadium to Scottsville Racecourse.
“With regards to the route changes, we will return to the original up-run course through Pinetown without any detours (the 2015 route had deviated due to road works) and follow the traditional route from the start outside the Durban City Hall all the way to Pietermaritzburg, except for the last seven kilometres or so,” James said.
“Just after the top of Polly Shortts, a revised route will be followed to the new finish venue of Scottsville Racecourse.”