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Comrades is back: everything you need to know about the 2022 race

The organizers of the Comrades Marathon are making a comeback to the domestic running calendar this season, after a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic, and have marked the 95th edition of the ultramarathon with the tagline ‘The Return – Sishay ‘Ubuya’.

While the country’s oldest race is back, the 2022 event introduces some significant changes.

Here’s everything you need to know.

Where and when

After a date shift for the first time in ages, the race will be held later in the year than ever, on August 28.

A ‘down’ run, the event starts at Pietermaritzburg City Hall and ends at Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban.

The 90.2 km route will – except for some possible detours due to road works – be the same as the previous ‘down’ run in 2018.

How to enter

Entries will open on March 23 at 10am, but only for athletes who competed in the 2020 Comrades Marathon before it was canceled for the first time since 1945.

If the entry limit is not reached after the first window period, another window will open on April 20.

All participants must be vaccinated before July 12 to participate.

How to qualify?

The qualifying window, which opened on September 1 last year, will close on July 12.

There will be no changes to qualifying times, with a sub-4:50 standard marathon required to participate in the event.

In June, the exchange period will open for entrants who cannot participate and wish to provide their number.

Awards and medals

The first man and woman to finish the race will receive R26,000 each, with additional bonuses of R260,000 for the men’s and women’s records set by David Gatebe (5:18:19) and Frith van der Merwe (5:54:43) ) .

The total prize pool for elite runners will exceed R2.2 million.

As a unique reward for amateur entrants, finishers will receive a commemorative medal that is larger than normal.

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