Comrades Marathon Cancelled due to Covid-19

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Bad year for sporting events in 2020 as major events are forced to not only postpone but also cancel due to the pandemic, Covid-19.

One of the oldest long distance running competition Comrades Marathon has announced it’s cancellation due to the virus.

The Marathon had earlier on this year announced that it would rather not rush into making decision yet to either cancel or postpone the competition.

They said they would rather consult first.

It was on Thursday when they announced that it was after long discussion with the Comrades Marathon Association (CMA) Board and KwaZulu-Natal Athletics (KZNA) when they came with the decision to cancel 2020 Marathon.

Making the announcement, ASA President Aleck Skhosana said: “Cancelling what would have been the 95th edition of the Comrades Marathon was a long and arduous decision to make. With the race’s rich history, its powerful nation-building attributes and contribution towards social cohesion, as well as its immense economic impact, it would have been premature to rush into an outright cancellation sooner. However, we believe we have jointly arrived at the correct decision to protect the health and safety of all concerned as well as the lives of our fellow South Africans.”

Comrades Marathon Chairperson Chery Winn reassured runners on a number of practical issues, advising that CMA will deal with the roughly 2500 Foreign and 25,000 South African entries received for the 2020 Comrades Marathon as follows:

  • With regard to South African entrants (based on the assumption that all entrants would have eventually qualified to participate in the race) every South African entrant (including the 485 who entered during the recent substitution period) will not be refunded their entry fee but will instead receive their #Comrades2020 mrpsport runners T-shirt and goodie bag, as well as a Comrades badge and flash. The details of the distribution process will be made available in due course in terms of the National Lockdown restrictions. For logistical reasons this will apply to South African entries only.
  • With regard to Foreign Entrants, in lieu of the cancellation, all Foreign Entries will be deferred to #Comrades2021 and/or #Comrades2022, depending upon the athletes’ wishes. In addition, foreign athletes will also have the option of availing their 2020 entry for substitution in 2021 only.
  • With regard to Back-to-Back Medals, those runners who completed their first Comrades Marathon on the 2019 Up Run to Pietermaritzburg will qualify for the Back-to-Back Medal upon completion of the 2021 Comrades Marathon Down Run.
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