The Comrades Marathon Association (CMA) celebrates 100 years of The Ultimate Human Race on Monday, 24 May 2021. Part of the day’s festivities is the so-called 1921 Comrades Marathon Tribute Run, a symbolic 2.2km re-enactment of the 1921 Comrades Marathon which saw 34 starters take off from the Pietermaritzburg City Hall. Unlike the 90km footrace, this Tribute Run will finish at Comrades House where a host of other Comrades activities are scheduled.

The 34 runners in the 1921 Comrades Tribute Run will be set off by Msunduzi Mayor, Cllr Mzimkhulu Thebolla at 09h00 outside the Pietermaritzburg City Hall. They will proceed down Chief Albert Luthuli Street which becomes Alan Paton Road and then turn left into Connaught Road, covering a distance of 2.2km.

The race will finish by 09h30 and will be overseen by Msunduzi Traffic Management Services and the Department of Transport (RTI).

There will be rolling road closure as of 08h30 with the following roads affected:

  • Pietermaritz Street
  • Church Street
  • Langalibalele Street
  • Jabu Ndlovu Street
  • Burger Street
  • Prince Alfred Street
  • Geere Street
  • Payn Street
  • Park Drive
  • Alexandra Road
  • New England / Alan Paton intersection
  • Connaught Road

There will be full road closure in Connaught road between Alan Paton and New England Roads from 07h00 to 15h00, where Comrades House is based, which is also the venue for the bulk of the day’s celebrations.

CMA Race Director, Rowyn James has thanked all Pietermaritzburg residents and motorists for their support, saying, “We apologise for any disruptions and ask that everyone please bear with us as we host a historic run which goes hand in hand with the rich history of the City of Pietermaritzburg and the world’s oldest, biggest and most famous ultra-marathon. Pietermaritzburg is the home of the Comrades Marathon and it is fitting that we host this symbolic race in this city.”

The arrival of the 34 runners will herald the start of the formal Comrades Centenary Celebrations which will include the unveiling of a Centenary Monument, entertainment, formal addresses from dignitaries, less-formal speeches by special guests, more entertainment, and the cutting of a giant birthday cake.

The occasion’s activities will be live-streamed, and we invite Comrades runners and supporters in South Africa and around the world to follow the day’s proceedings from 09h00 – 15h00 on our website, or on Facebook @ComradesMarathon.