Comrades Marathon Spectator Spots

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A popular feature of the annual Comrades Marathon is its spectacular ‘Spectator Spots’ which cater primarily for the avid supporters of the great race. The excitement and entertainment they provide have made them a highly anticipated attraction every Race Day.

The first Spectator Spot along the Pietermaritzburg-Durban Route is hosted by CATHSSETA. Situated less than 30km from the Start, the open fields and serene landscape at Camperdown will be the host venue to the hundreds of spectators, who will brave the early morning chill to share a blanket, sip on hot coffee and enjoy the excitement of the first runners passing through Camperdown.

Based on the success of the hosting of the first spectator spot in 2011, CATHSSETA has elevated its hospitality and entertainment to make this spot an unforgettable experience for Comrades runners and their supporters. Visitors to the CATHSSETA spectator spot can expect a true South African cultural experience with a live band, dancers, race commentary, DJ’s and more.

The CATHSSETA Spectator Spot is easily accessible from the N3, offers ample parking and clear directions from the freeway. All are welcome for a memorable Comrades experience.

Nedbank has been a defining feature of The Ultimate Human Race over the decades. This year, it will once again guarantee its sought-after presence by staging the ever-popular Nedbank Spectators Spot and Nedbank Green Mile.

Located along the beautiful leafy Old Main Road section of the race route in Kloof, and just 26km from the finish, the stunning setting offers easy access off the Eastbound M13 alternative highway, also allowing followers to move onwards towards Kingsmead after their runners have come through.

Visitors to the Nedbank Spectator Spot can expect a memorable family day out with entertainment spread along the Green Mile, including live entertainment, DJ’s, race commentary, supporters’ grandstand seating next to the Kloof Hall or beautiful lawns to picnic on. The Nedbank Spectator Spot is arguably the best location from which to watch all the running action on the Comrades route.

Add in Super Heroes, face painters, balloon artists, a full kids play area including an activity corner and the traditional jumping castles and the young at heart will have plenty to keep them occupied. Also on offer are liquid and food refreshments on sale via local charities, dancing girls including some of the Sharkettes and hundreds of lucky prize giveaways throughout the day.
Runners passing through the Nedbank Green Mile will not miss out either. Besides the electric vibe, all runners can look forward to taking on-board Green Energade for the first time on route, the famous Nedbank high5 tree hangers.

Follow the sign boards for easy access to either of the 2012 Spectator Spots. Come be part of the Action – Consider yourself invited!

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5 Responses to Comrades Marathon Spectator Spots

  1. Mica May 9, 2013 at 2:28 pm #

    Do you have any info on the 2013 spectator spots?

  2. Sonya May 22, 2014 at 12:34 pm #

    Hi there

    Does anyone know what the best route is from Pinetown back to Durban, Kingsmead stadium?
    I normally follow the runners up until Pinetown and then go straight to the stadium from there.
    I heard that the runners do run onto the N3 from some point onwards but at what point I am not sure which of course then means that I can’t drive along the N3 into Durban?
    Can someone suggest a route from Pinetown to Durban, Kingsmead please.

    • Don May 28, 2014 at 12:34 pm #

      Sit at the St Johns Rd Bridge (subway) area, there’s a garage, shopping centre and toilet facilities right there. Then head back to Durban via Umgeni Rd from Pinetown and approach Kingsmead from the North. Worked for me for the last 20 years.

    • Kathy May 28, 2014 at 2:19 pm #

      You can take the N3 towards Durban, then take the N2 N at Spaghetti Junction (just past the Pavilion Shopping Centre). From there take the first offramp toM19/ Umgeni Road (lots of roadworks but you will get through) and turn right onto Umgeni Road. Follow Umgeni Road all the way through to Argyle (Sandile Thusi) Rd, turn left and then right onto NMR Avenue (Masabalala Yengwa) at the next traffic lights; and you will end up at the stadium. Parking, however, is up to you…

  3. Yvonne May 29, 2014 at 9:43 pm #

    Follow boards New Germany/ m19 continue on m19 until u get to N2 and M19 intersection cross over drive along umgeni road, until u reach cbd, once u see macdonalds, turn left into old fort place, stadium is 3mins away. Safe Driving!!!!!!

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