As Sunday, 4 June 2017 looms closer, the Comrades Marathon Association (CMA) has called on runners who were unable to enter the 2017 Comrades Marathon during the official entry period (1 September – 30 November 2016) to use the opportunity to still be part of this year’s up-run through the Substitution process.
Today is the second day of the month long Substitution process which runs until Friday, 14 April 2017. The Substitution Process allows for a runner who has not entered to substitute an entrant who has withdrawn, or intends to withdraw from the 2017 Comrades Marathon.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. The cost of the Substitution application is R150,00.
Prospective substitutes are encouraged to do their applications online. Alternatively, they may send their completed applications via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or hand deliver them to Comrades House in Pietermaritzburg. No postal applications will be accepted.
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.
Athletes who intend submitting 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 Substitution process.