Comrades 2021 to take place in June next yearThe Social Media Company
Following discussions between the Comrades Marathon Association, KZN Athletics and Athletics South Africa, the CMA Board has announced that next year’s iteration of the Ultimate Human Race will take place on the 13th of June, following the past several years’ custom of staging the race on the second Sunday in June.
This announcement comes amid speculation in September that the 2021 Comrades Marathon might take place in September next year.
Next year’s Comrades is the 95th, and also takes place as the race celebrates its centenary. The first-ever Comrades Marathon was held on 24 May 1921, and CMA chairperson, Cheryl Winn, said there were plans that centenary celebrations kick off on 23 May 2021.
“We look forward to issuing more details on #Comrades2021 at our official media launch, especially information on the entry cap, entry fees and qualifying criteria, as well as protocols to be put into place to protect the health and safety of everyone involved with the race. CMA had some wonderful plans for the 2020 ‘Race That Never Was’ but we are pleased to announce that many of those ideas will be carried over to our centenary celebrations and make the 95th running of the Comrades Marathon a spectacular affair,” Winn added.
Next year’s Comrades will be a down run from the Pietermaritzburg City Hall to the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban. The CMA has said that protocols to protect the health of participants in terms of the Covid-19 outbreak would be followed. This year’s Comrades Marathon was cancelled in the face of the pandemic – a first in 75 years.
Last year’s women’s winner, Gerda Steyn, has said that she would be back defending her record-breaking sub-6 hour up-run win in 2019. Steyn will certainly enter the race confidently, following her recent London Marathon win with a personal best time of 2:26:51.
Steyn is also the current Two Oceans Marathon champion, and will likely again compete in that event – which, together with the Comrades marathon, forms the so-called “Big Two” events on the South African running calendar, and also serves as preparation for the Comrades.
The world’s most beautiful marathon will be held on 3 April 2021 along with the half marathon event, with the Two Oceans trail runs to take place on 2 April next year.