Media Release: Comrades Substitution Process opens Today!

Aspirant #Comrades2018 runners now have another chance to secure their spot on the start line of The Ultimate Human Race on Sunday, 10 June 2018.

Comrades Marathon Association (CMA) Race Director, Rowyn James says, “Athletes who were unable to enter the race during the official entry period last year now have another opportunity to be part of the great event, thanks to the Substitution process which opens on Monday.”

The Substitution Rule allows for a runner who has not entered to substitute an entrant who has withdrawn, or intends to withdraw from the 2018 Comrades Marathon.

The Comrades Marathon Substitution Process runs for a full month, opening on Monday, 26 March 2018 and closing on Wednesday, 25 April 2018. The cost of the Substitution application is R200,00.

The Substitution rule is applicable to all entrants including South African, Rest of Africa and International on a like for like basis i.e.

•    An International entrant can only substitute with an International entrant
•    For the first time, athletes from Rest of Africa (ROA) will be able to substitute with SA runners or other Rest of Africa entrants
•    A South African entrant can substitute with a South African entrant or Rest of Africa entrant

Prospective substitutes are encouraged to do their applications online. Alternatively, they may send their completed applications via email to or hand deliver them to Comrades House in Pietermaritzburg. Please do not post forms.

James has advised potential substitutes to not pay inflated amounts for a substitute entry, saying, ‘The CMA is against the practice of withdrawing athletes charging the substitute runner extortionate amounts for their entry. The 2018 Comrades entry fee was R460 for local athletes and this should be a guide. We look forward to a phenomenal race day for our athletes and supporters.’

The completed application forms as specified in the Substitution Rule must reach the CMA office by 25 April 2018. There will be no extension of this deadline and no postal applications will be accepted.

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