Comrades Marathon Substitution Process Opens

Comrades Marathon runners who were unable to enter the 2014 race during the official entry period (1 September – 30 November 2013) now have an opportunity to still be part of the world’s biggest and oldest ultra-marathon through the official 2014 Substitution process over the month of April.

The Comrades Marathon Association’s (CMA) Substitution Rule allows for a runner who has not entered to substitute an entrant who has withdrawn, or intends to withdraw from the 2014 edition of The Ultimate Human Race.

The Comrades Marathon Substitution Rule was introduced for the very first time in 2012 and now forms part of the CMA’s official race rules. The Substitution process officially opens on 1 April and closes on 30 April 2014.

The completed application forms as specified in the Substitution Rule must reach the CMA office by 30 April 2014. There will be no extension of this deadline.

Athletes still intending to submit Substitution application forms are advised to visit the official Comrades Marathon website at for the downloadable forms and the comprehensive list of rules and regulations which govern the Substitution process.

Race Director Rowyn James says, ‘The Substitution Rule has been very well received by our runners over the past two years and will ensure that there is a higher number of starters outside the Pietermaritzburg City Hall on 1 June 2014.’