SHORTER ROUTE FOR SOUTH AFRICA’S COMRADES MARATHON THIS YEAR

South Africa's Comrades Marathon, the world's oldest and biggest utltramarathon event, will cover a shorter route of 86.73 kilometres this year, slightly less than the two most recent routes.

Changes have been introduced to this year's Comrades Marathon route, which is traditionally run in KwaZulu-Natal Province from the port city of Durban to the provincial capital, Pietermaritzburg, in June during the Southern Hemisphere winter.

The up-run (from Durban to Pietermaritzburg) this year is scheduled for June 4 and will finish at the Scottsville Racecourse in the provincial capital city.

Race Director, Rowyn James, said here Tuesday that the Comrades Marathon Association (CMA) strives to keep improving what is already a world class event.

Effectively, 7.5 km of the route has changed and the rest of the route remains unchanged, the only difference being that we will follow the traditional route through Pinetown which is along the old main road now, because in the 2015 race there were quite a few detours there because of the roadworks that were ongoing at that time.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK