Just over 3 000 entries remained, with one week remaining for potential participants to book a spot in next year’s race, the Comrades Marathon Association confirmed on Monday.
The 91st edition of the 89km ultra-marathon, a ‘down’ run between Pietermaritzburg and Durban, had already attracted 16 792 entrants from over 60 countries, according to the event website.
“The ‘down’ has traditionally attracted more runners than the ‘up’, and we look forward to having many more athletes entering the race during this final week of entries,” race director Rowyn James said in a statement, urging people not to wait until the last minute.
If the limit of 20 000 runners is reached before the November 30 deadline, entries will be closed.
The prestigious annual race will be held on May 29, and South African athletes Gift Kelehe and Caroline Wostmann are both expected to turn out in defence of the men’s and women’s titles they won this season.