All You Need To Know About The 2012 Comrades Marathon

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Imagine with every step you take, a mouth is fed. Every mile you run, a tree is planted.

The spirit of giving;

the spirit of sharing;

the spirit of winning;

the spirit of Comrades.

This 2012 Comrades Marathon campaign was officially launched today, 25 August.

Details of the 2012 event are as follows:

Date: Sunday, 3 June 2012
Start: 05h30 in Pietermaritzburg
Finish: 17h30 in Durban
Distance: 89km – 56 miles

The 2012 Comrades Marathon will take place on Sunday,3 June 2012 and will be a “Down Run” from Pietermaritzburg to Durban. The race will start outside the City Hall in Albert Luthuli Street, Pietermaritzburg and finish at the Sahara Kingsmead Cricket Stadium in Durban.

2012 will be the 90th anniversary of the Comrades marathon, but only the 87th running of the event. This is due to years skipped during the Second World War.

Entries for the 2012 Comrades Marathon open on 1 September 2011 and close on Friday 30 November 2011, at close of business, or when the cap of 18,000 entries is reached. For example: if entry numbers reach 18,000 on 7 November 2011 entries will officially close.

Entry fees for the 2012 Comrades Marathon are as follows:
• Local athletes (South African citizens) R300.00
• Rest of Africa Athletes R500.00
• International Athletes US$180.00

The CMA will offer an “early bird” special entry fee for local runners who enter between 1 September and 30 September 2011. The “early bird entry fee” will be R270.00, the same as the 2011 entry fee!

All athletes who submitted their entries by closing date of entries have until Friday, 4 May 2012 to qualify for the 2012 Comrades Marathon. The athletes will be required to submit their qualifying details (club name, license number and qualifying time) to the CMA office in Pietermaritzburg by Friday, 4 May 2012. Athletes who have successfully completed the 2011 Comrades Marathon can use their race time as the qualifying time for the 2012 Comrades Marathon.

The CMA has also approved for implementation in 2012, for the first time in its history, a Substitution Rule that would allow athletes to substitute (or replace) other athletes who entered but are no longer able to run due to injury, illness or because they were unable to qualify. The detailed substitution procedure and time period for the substitution process will be announced in due course.

The CMA urges regular Comrades athletes as well as Novices to be proactive and enter early so that they can benefit from the special early bird entry fee of R270.00 which will be available from 1 September to 30 September 2011. If athletes don’t make use of this opportunity they will have to pay the higher entry fee of R300.00 valid from 1 October to 30 November 2011.

Prospective Comrades athletes can enter for the 2012 Comrades Marathon in the following ways:

• Online Entries on the Comrades Marathon website at
• Mr Price Sport, Home and Clothing stores countrywide.
• Postal Entries by posting the completed entry form with proof of payment to the CMA office in Pietermaritzburg: P.O. Box 100621 Scottsville, 3209.
• Comrades Marathon House: by handing the completed form together with payment, in at the Comrades Marathon office in Pietermaritzburg.

2012 sees a sixth charity, World Vision, join the list of AmaBeadiBeadi charities benefitting from the Comrades Marathon. These charities are:

  • Community Chest
  • The Sport Trust
  • Starfish
  • Wildlands
  • Pink Drive
  • World Vision

In the past 3 years, 70 000 trees have been planted as a result of the Comrades Marathon.

Runners will again have the opportunity to run in the Charity Seeding (CC) batch. This seeding batch starts between batches C and D – equivalent to a 4 hour marathon finish. To qualify for the batch, the runner will need to raise R5000 for charity – regardless of their qualifying times. The CC batch is limited to 1000 runners.

5000 volunteers, 800 marshalls and 500 traffic officers and police are involved to ensure that race day runs smoothly. 400 metric tons of refreshments are provided. (Please note: Pepsi is again the official softdrink provider for 2012!)

Entries open 1 September… Are you game?

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2 Responses to All You Need To Know About The 2012 Comrades Marathon

  1. moses mgatha January 8, 2012 at 4:54 pm #

    i didnt get a chance for registration do you think i can get a chance for registration now please im a professional runner

  2. Robert April 3, 2012 at 10:19 pm #

    I Robert so this year first time to run Comrade: Date of 31 March was run 42.2 km Masakhane

    I need to know every thing want official comrade like chap-ship number i dont have

    MY ID 8508025882089 Robert Phelelani Shabalala

    But i was change address.

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