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Comrades Marathon, South Africa

Date: 28 August 2022

It's been two years since it was last run but the Comrades Marathon will back in 2022. This year it will be in August rather than its traditonal June date. Officially it's called a Marathon, but Comrades is much more than a marathon, literally and figuratively. It is the world's most famous Ultra Marathon - a notoriously tough 90 kilometre run through the stunning Drakensburg Mountains of KwaZulu Natal in South Africa. Bit it's more than just a running race, it's a unique cultural experience an…

It's been two years since it was last run but the Comrades Marathon will back in 2022. This year it will be in August rather than its traditonal June date. Officially it's called a Marathon, but Comrades is much more than a marathon, literally and figuratively. It is the world's most famous Ultra Marathon - a notoriously tough 90 kilometre run through the stunning Drakensburg Mountains of KwaZulu Natal in South Africa. Bit it's more than just a running race, it's a unique cultural experience and one steeped in history which dates back to its first running in 1921 when it was run to remember fallen comrades from the First World War. 

Since then it has become a rite of passage from so many runners, an essential addition to any racing CV. But it's a hard-won addition. The race alternatives between 'Up' (odd numbered years) years and 'Down' (even numbered years) depending on whether it starts in Durban on the coast and runs up to Pietermarizburg or runs down to Durban from Pietermaritzburg. Don't be deceived by those simple descriptions there are five major hills on the course and there is plenty of climbing and descending whichever direction the route follows.  Despite the distance, the hills and a strict 12-hour cut off, the race will still have 15,000 runners this year, which although down on its usual 25,000 athletes still dwarfs any other ultra-distance event.   

The 2022 edition is a 'Down' run so the start is in Pietermaritzburg with the finish in Durban. Our tour is mainly based in Durban with the night before the race in Pietermarizburg, which with the early start on race morning, you will be grateful for.  Our trip includes the transfers from Durban to Pietermaritzburg on the Saturday before the race. We will also transfer any supporters back to Durban on the race day along with your luggage, which will be waiting for you at the Durban hotel after you have finished running. Our two hotels are conveniently located a short walk from the start and the finish and we will have staff on hand to assist in both cases. 

Our package also includes transfers back and forth between Durban Airport and the hotel.

With so many people deferring from the original entry list in 2020, the last time the event was held, this year's entry list  is complicated this year. Between March 23 and March 31 South Africans and those from the rest of th world who had their entry deferred to 2022 or 2023 can enter. If the 15,000 runner entry limit has not been reached by then, there will be a second entry window, open to all, from April 20 to May 16. 

Our packages are open to anyone travelling to the race. Should you miss either of those entry windows and still want to run, we  have a limited number of guaranteed race entries for the 2022 Comrades Marathon, but they are only available to people booking our hotel packages. There is no ENTRY ONLY for our guaranteed entries. 

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