Aspirant #Comrades2023 runners now have another chance to secure their spot on the start line of The Ultimate Human Race on Sunday, 11 June 2023.

Comrades Marathon Association (CMA) Race Director, Rowyn James says, “Athletes who were unable to enter the race during the official entry period now have another opportunity to be part of the world’s greatest footrace, thanks to the Substitution process.”

The CMA will accept substitutions for the 2023 Comrades Marathon during the substitution window period of 10 March 2023 to 10 April 2023.

How it works:

Entrants who have successfully entered the 2023 Comrades Marathon will have the opportunity to withdraw from the race during the window period of 10 - 24 March 2023.

Entry slots that have been made available by withdrawing entrants will then be made available on a first come first serve basis to individuals wanting to enter the event via an online substitution entry window period of 27 March – 10 April 2023. The substitution entry fee will be the same as per the 2023 entry fees.

No late substitutions will be accepted.

Successfully substituted out athletes will NOT be allowed to reinstate their original entries.

An Admin Fee of 15% of the entry fee will be deducted by the CMA from the withdrawing athlete. The CMA will then refund 85% of the entry fee to all withdrawing athletes who have been successfully substituted. There will be no money or voucher exchange between athletes.

The 96th Comrades Marathon will be the 48th Down Run on Sunday, 11 June 2023, starting in the inland City of Pietermaritzburg at 05h30 and ending 12 hours later in the coastal City of Durban, covering a distance of approximately 90km.

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