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Final week for Comrades Substitutions


Runners have one week left to be part of the 2017 Comrades Marathon on Sunday, 4 June. The Comrades Marathon Association (CMA) has announced that the final week for its Substitution process is upon us. The process opened more than three weeks ago and runs until Friday, 14 April 2017.

The Substitution Process allows for a runner who has not entered the race to substitute an entrant who has withdrawn, or intends to withdraw from the 2017 Comrades Marathon.

Substitutions can only take effect on a like for like basis, meaning SA runners can only substitute for SA entrants, Rest of Africa (ROA) for other ROA runners and International runners for International entrants.

Prospective substitutes are encouraged to do their applications online. Alternatively, they may send their completed applications via email to sub@comrades.com or hand deliver them to Comrades House in Pietermaritzburg.

The completed application forms as specified in the Substitution Rule must reach the CMA office by 14 April 2017. There will be no extension of this deadline and no postal applications will be accepted.

The cost of the Substitution application is R150,00. Athletes intending to submit Substitution application forms are advised to visit the official Comrades Marathon website at www.comrades.com for the downloadable forms and the comprehensive list of rules and regulations which govern the process.

Race Director Rowyn James says, ‘We have processed 636 successful Substitution applications over the past three weeks. Thanks to the Substitution Rule, we will have many more athletes taking on the challenge of the 92nd Comrades Marathon. We wish our runners well with their training preparations towards this year’s up-run on Sunday, 4 June.’