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Old Mutual is the proud main sponsor of the Comrades Marathon, the international holy grail of endurance events.

Over the past 92 years, the Comrades has become widely regarded as the world's premier ultra marathon and a must-do for every long-distance South African runner. The spirit of the race has moved and inspired generations of athletes and supporters, and its tales of courage and camaraderie, tenacity and perseverance, are legendary.

The run takes place between Pietermaritzburg and Durban in KwaZulu-Natal every year, with the starting point alternating between the two cities. The route is hilly and tremendously tough. It demands discipline and long-term commitment, and demonstrates the extraordinary power of a determined mindset.

This year's Comrades Marathon will be an "up run" on Sunday, 4 June 2017. The race starts at the Durban City Hall at 05h30 and ends 12 hours later at the Scottsville Race Course in Pietermaritzburg covering a distance of approximately 88km.

The hard work, dedication, discipline and determination required from each of the runners that participate in this marathon has undeniably made the phrase “It Takes All of You – Zinikele” very appropriate for the 2017 Race Theme.

Join us at the Old Mutual Expo Stand at the Durban Exhibition Centre when you register for the 92nd Comrades Marathon. We'll have exciting and interactive activations on the go for your pleasure.

Dates and times: 01 - 02 June from 9am to 7pm and 3 June from 9am to 5pm.

Substitution entries open on 14 March 2017

The 2017 Comrades Marathon substitution process opens on Tuesday, 14 March 2017 and closes on Friday, 14 April. The substitution process allows for a runner who has not entered to substitute an entrant who has withdrawn or intends to withdraw from the race. Read more...

Entry information

Entries open on the 01 September 2016 and closes on 30 November 2016 or as soon as the cap of 20 000 has been reached.

Entry Fees for the 2017 Comrades Marathon are as follows:

  • Local Entries: R460.00
  • Rest of Africa: R770.00
  • International: R2 650.00

Entry is free to all runners who have completed the Comrades Marathon 25 times or more.

Qualifying for the 2017 Comrades Marathon will be applicable from 27 August 2016 till 2 May 2017. Runners are advised that the 2016 Comrades Marathon will not be an automatic qualifier for next year’s race.

Runners can enter as follows:

  • Online via the Comrades Marathon website.
  • By posting their completed entry form with proof of payment to the CMA Office in Pietermaritzburg, P.O. Box 100621, Scottsville, 3209.
  • By handing in their completed entry form together with the original bank deposit slip at Comrades House, 18 Connaught Road, Scottsville, Pietermaritzburg.

Run for more than yourself

Did you know that you can raise funds for a cause close to your heart? The Old Mutual “More Than Yourself” platform gives you the opportunity to participate in the events you love while raising much needed funds for one of the many pre-approved charities. Your family and friends can also donate! Visit More Than Yourself and become a fund raiser today!