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28 February 2019

Runners who were unable to enter the 2019 Comrades Marathon during the official entry period at the end of last year are in luck. There is still an opportunity to be part of The Ultimate Human Race on Sunday, 9 June 2019 through the Substitution Process. The 2019 Comrades Marathon Substitution Process officially opens this Friday.
The process runs for an extra two weeks this year, opening on 1 March 2019 and closing on Monday, 15 April 2019. The Substitution Process allows for a runner who has not entered to substitute an entrant who has withdrawn or intends to withdraw from the 2019 Comrades Marathon.
Substitutions can only take effect on a like for like basis, meaning SA runners can only substitute for SA entrants, Rest of Africa (ROA) for other ROA runners and International runners for International entrants.
Prospective substitutes are encouraged to do their applications online. Alternatively, they may send their completed applications via email to sub@comrades.comor hand deliver them to Comrades House in Pietermaritzburg. Please do not post forms.
The completed application forms as specified in the Substitution Rule must reach the CMA office by 15 April 2019. There will be no extension of this deadline and no postal applications will be accepted. The cost of the Substitution application is R300,00.
Athletes 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 helped to ensure that more athletes are able to participate in The Ultimate Human Race. It has been embraced by our runners and forms a tangible part of our Runners First initiative. With the 94th running of the Comrades Marathon this year, we look forward to seeing many more athletes on the start line on Sunday, 9 June 2019.’

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