Opening of 2024 Comrades Entries in one week
November 14, 2023  
The Comrades Marathon Association is pleased to announce that entries for the 2024 Comrades Marathon will open in a week’s time. The entry period officially opens at 10am on Tuesday, 21 November 2023 and will close at 16h30 on 11 December 2023 or once the entry cap of 23,000 has been reached, whichever comes first.

Entry fees remain the same as that of the 2023 Race and are as follows:

Entry Type

Entry fee

South Africa 2024 Entrants

R1 200

Rest of Africa 2024 Entrants

R2 000

International 2024 Entrants

R4 500

Entry fee is waived for holders of 25 or more Comrades medals.

Entries can be done online via the Comrades Marathon website: or via the Comrades App.

The online entry system includes the option whereby an athlete can pay the entry fee off in two instalments – 50% of the entry value on entering with the remaining 50% due by 29th February 2024. Runners have the option of paying the full entry fee on entering, should they prefer to do so.

Comrades Marathon Association (CMA) Race and Operations Manager, Ann Ashworth says, “We look forward to pulling out all the stops in ensuring a memorable race day for our athletes. Qualification for the 2024 Comrades Marathon is applicable from 1 September 2023 till 6 May 2024.”

“The qualifying criteria for next year’s Comrades Marathon remain unchanged, requiring completion of a standard, officially timed 42.2km marathon in under 4 hours and 50 minutes, or a 56km ultra-marathon in under 6 hours and 45 minutes.”

The substitution process will run over the month of March and April 2024. Details will be revealed closer to the time.

The CMA has also announced the introduction of the Comrades Marathon Runners Relief Fund. Through this initiative, up to 1500 disadvantaged athletes may apply for a reduced entry fee of 50%. Terms and conditions apply. More details are available on the official Comrades website:

The 97th Comrades Marathon will be the 49th Up Run on Sunday, 9 June 2024, starting at the Durban City Hall at 05h30 and ending 12 hours later at the Hollywoodbets Scottsville Racecourse, covering a distance of approximately 87km.