Though it’s called a “marathon,” Comrades is actually 90 kilometers.
Entries for one of the world’s most difficult ultra marathons, the Comrades Marathon (90K) in South Africa, have recently dried up. As of this Tuesday, the 2011 edition of Comrades is officially sold out. A limit of 18,000 runners had been imposed by the Comrades Marathon Association (CMA). According to the CMA, runners who had postmarked their entries by the close of business on Wednesday will still be allowed in the race. However, no late entries will be accepted.
The race’s popularity has surged after the Guinness Book of World Records certified it as the world’s largest ultramarathon last year when over 14,000 runners completed it in under 12 hours.
According to race director Johan van Staden, the limit of runners was imposed for safety reasons. “We have unfortunately had to cap the number of participants in next year’s 86th running of the Comrades Marathon. This is mainly due to us wanting to ensure the health and safety of all competitors in the ultra-marathon and set the pace for a good race.’
The CMA has announced it will release the official number of starters once all valid entries have been received.
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