Today is that historic day when registrations for the 85th Comrades Marathon, the world’s largest ultramarathon, begin. The race will happen on May 30th, 2010, and 20,000 runners are expected to run over the countless hills between the cities of Pietermaritzburg and Durban in South Africa that day, all of them running the historic route 89 Kilometers (56 Miles) long, in a ‘down run’. In fact, it is also referred to as The Valley of a Thousand Hills.
Date: Sunday, 30 May 2010
Start: 05h30 at the City Hall in Pietermaritzburg
Finish: 17h30 at Sahara Stadium, Kingsmead in Durban
Distance: 89km – 56 miles
The official website of the event www.comrades.com, currently seems to be down in anticipation of the event launch today, must be coming up anytime soon now. However, an alternative site is available, which is the Mr. Price website, who are the official IT support for the event, and they seem to have setup a duplicate website of the actual Comrades site. This website can be seen at:
and this website too has a link to Register Online, which is not yet active. So, just wait for some more time. The website also seems to have a live registration counter, displaying the number of people who have already registered, which is currently obviously at zero.
The registrations starting from September 1st are for previous Comrades Runners only, and are capped at 15,000 entries and close on Oct 31st. For Novice (first time) runners, registrations will start from Nov 1st, and will be capped at 5,000 entries. This will close on Nov 31st. Check more details on the entry criteria here.
All registered runners must qualify for the Comrades marathon by running an IAAF certified marathons within 5 hours (or other distances in specified times). The details of various group qualifying times can be found here.
Qualifying period: 24 May 2009 to 26 April 2010