With less than a month to go before the staging of the world’s biggest and oldest ultra-marathon, its organizing body, the Comrades Marathon Association (CMA) is informing its runners that the closure of qualifying submissions is upon us.
The final date to run a qualifying race for those runners who had not yet submitted their qualifying details for the 2012 Comrades Marathon was yesterday (Sunday, 6 May 2012). Runners must submit their qualifying times by close of business today (Monday, 7 May 2012).
Failure to meet the qualifying criteria will result in your entry being rejected as Club and qualifying details will not be accepted at registration.
No seeding upgrades will be done after 7 May 2012. Therefore, please note that you will not be able to participate and your details will be removed from our database, which means that you will not receive a goodie bag or runners T-shirt.
This year’s ultra-marathon will be a down-run on Sunday, 3 June 2012, starting at the Pietermaritzburg City Hall at 05h30 and ending at Durban’s Sahara-Kingsmead Stadium 12 hours later.
With an entry tally of over 19,400 runners, the CMA has further urged runners to head extra early to the Start Venue, in lieu of the extensive road works in the Pietermaritzburg area which could result in travel delays.
Race Director, Johan Van Staden says, ‘The seeding batches close promptly at 05h15 and the gun goes off at exactly 05h30, so late runners will unfortunately not get to participate in the great race. Let’s try and avoid that.’