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Comrades Marathon clarifies position on qualifying races and substitutions

Mar 21, 2020

Statement from Comrades Marathon Association

In response to mounting uncertainty and concerns within the running fraternity, the Comrades Marathon Association (CMA) has clarified its position on qualifying races in respect of COVID-19 and the cancellation of events, both locally and internationally.

The CMA would like to reassure our athletes that we are cognizant of the current status quo regarding the postponement and cancellation of qualifying races, as well as the ongoing uncertainty around upcoming races, both here in South Africa and around the world.

The CMA Board is reviewing the qualifying criteria specifically for #Comrades2020 and will make an announcement in due course regarding the revised qualifying criteria.

We would also like to remind our runners that the Substitution process, which is currently open, runs until 16 April 2020. So far, 371 successful Substitution applications have been processed and should the need arise, the CMA Board will also review the Substitution period.

Finally, with regard to the question of entry fees, we wish to assure Comrades runners that in the event of postponement or unlikely cancellation an announcement will be made of a policy that is in line with CMA’s commitment to putting our Runners First.

In the meantime keep well and a reminder that it is each and every one of our personal responsibility to protect ourselves and those around us by taking seriously and heeding all emergency directives and measures put in place by Government.

More details will be made available after 17 April 2020.

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