The oldest and largest ultramarathon in the world returns to South Africa for the 90th edition on 31 May 2015. Comrades Marathon established to celebrate 'man's spirit over adversity' links the two cities of Pietermaritzburg and Durban.
This year's event is an 'up run' with a distance of approximately 89k. Starting at sea level in the harbour city of Durban, the course climbs up to an altitude of 650m to finish at the Oval Cricket Stadium in Pietermaritzburg. During the gruelling race, runners will encounter five major hills, popularly known as the 'Big Five'. The main features of the route are the dramatic physical variations in the Drummond to Durban stretch.
The field for the 56-mile race is capped at 18,000 runners, with entrants hailing from more than 60 countries. In every event since 1988, over 10,000 runners have reached the finish within the allowed 11 or 12 hours. With increased participation since the ‘80s, both the average finish times age of finishers have increased substantially.
Participants over the age of 20 must be able to complete an officially recognised marathon (42.2 km) in under five hours. During the event an athlete must also reach five cut-off points in specified times to complete the race.
Sports Tours International has places available for the event. For more information visit the Sports Tours website.