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RUNNERS' GUIDE
Comrades Race Day Spectator and Club Facilities

With just 18 days to go to race day, the Comrades Marathon Association Chairperson has responded candidly to criticism regarding the move of this year’s Comrades finish venue to its new landmark location. CMA Chairperson, Cheryl Winn says the CMA Board and Race Organising Committee paid due diligence to all facets of the race and the venue before deciding to host the Comrades Marathon Finish at Durban’s acclaimed Moses Mabhida Stadium for the very first time.

Winn adds, after having finished the last 21 Down Runs at Kingsmead Cricket Stadium, the CMA’s main motivation for taking this giant leap into the future is the capacity for us to grow the number of entries we can safely accommodate in future, which is presented by the facilities offered at the iconic Moses Mabhida Stadium.

As responsible organisers, we are both legally and morally bound to comply with the regulations of the Safety at Sports & Recreation Events Act of 2010, in terms of the numbers of bodies which can safely be accommodated in any given space, the safe movement of people within the space and the total safe-load of the facility.

The Moses Mabhida Stadium, having been designed and built to modern, world class specifications, its general accessibility and the fact that it presents user-friendly facilities for the purposes of the Comrades Marathon is what cemented it as the finish venue of the world’s biggest and oldest ultra-marathon.

 

Winn says, we anticipate that the move to Moses Mabhida will enable us to significantly enhance both our finish processing facilities and our entertainment appeal to spectators. The responses we have received through phone calls, letters, social and traditional media have been overwhelmingly positive toward the move, so much so that entries for the 2018 Comrades Marathon sold out within three weeks.

Regarding the recent misunderstanding around entry into the stadium, it is worth clarifying that entry and seating in the stadium will be free for individuals and reserved seating at a nominal cost available to running clubs. Due to stadium regulations, clubs will not be allowed to erect tents and gazebos. However a largely unlimited number of club tent sites will be made available in the neighbouring People’s Park Tent Village.

She says, Clubs have the option to purchase an allocated seating area on Level 3 of the Stadium, sold in blocks of 50 seats at a nominal charge of R10 per seat and with full view of the runners entering the stadium. It is important to distinguish that this is not a charge for entry to the stadium, but for a specially reserved seating area.

Clubs can purchase a tent site in one of four options in the People’s Park Club Tent Site Village. There is no direct view of runners entering the stadium from the People’s Park Club Tent Site Village; however two of the options have Big Screens and the other two come with options for flat screen televisions.

We respect the conditions of the Moses Mabhida Stadium in terms of food and beverages not being allowed into the venue. This is a norm at almost any stadium where food and beverages have to be purchased from licensed vendors. Runners however will be provided free of charge with soup and beverages upon finishing the event.

Winn concludes, We are very excited about the move to the Moses Mabhida Stadium. We feel the final few kilometres along Masabalala Yengwa Avenue are going to present a spectacular run-in to the finish and have high hopes that our runners and spectators will continue to embrace the changes that have to be made in the name of progress positively.