2000 entries in for ‘Comrades Centenary Hope Challenge


 Media Release: 2000 entries in for ‘Comrades Centenary Hope Challenge’

Nearly 2000 participants have signed up for the Comrades Marathon Association’s (CMA) virtual event, the Comrades Centenary Hope Challenge, since being launched two weeks ago.

With two consecutive editions of the traditional Comrades Marathon having been cancelled, owing to Covid-19, runners the world over will have the opportunity of joining in the celebratory spirit of the Comrades Marathon Centenary via its 2nd virtual event in the race’s 100-year long history.

Come Sunday, 13 June 2021, runners and their families will be able to participate from any time between 00:01am and 23:59pm on the actual challenge date, within their local time zone globally.

The Comrades Centenary Hope Challenge will comprise 5 distances, being a 5km, 10km, 21.1km, 45km and 90km which will all be run virtually, meaning that athletes get to run their own race, along their select route anywhere in the world.

All that participants need to do is go to the official Comrades Marathon website; register for the Comrades Centenary Hope Challenge; select their distance; support their Comrades Marathon Official Charity if they so wish and make payment.

Entry Fees:

South Africa /Rest Of Africa

Distance Amount
5km R100.00
10km R150.00
21.1km R400.00
45km R400.00
90km R400.00

* A bank transaction fee will apply over and above the entry fee.

* Postage fee of R100 will apply over and above to Rest Of Africa entry fee.

* Entry Fees for the 21.1km, 45km and 90km are inclusive of a free limited-edition Comrades Centenary Hope Challenge T-shirt and South African entries are subject to collection of medal, T-shirt and/or related products at a Mr Price Sports store. Participants who opt for a courier service will be charged an additional R100.



Distance Amount
5km R700.00
10km R700.00
21.1km R850.00
45km R850.00
90km R850.00

* International Entry fees are inclusive of postage of medal and/or products.

Once registration is complete, runners will receive all vital race information prior to the race.

For more information on the Comrades Centenary Hope Challenge and to enter, please click through to www.comrades.com

The campaign slogan for the Comrades Centenary Hope Challenge is ‘Ithemba – Hope Is’, which aims to contextualise each runner’s hopes, what the feeling means to them and to further inspire other athletes to dig deep and discover their own hopes and dreams for a better future and the new normal in a world ravaged by Covid-19.

 #Ithemba #HopeIs #ComradesCentenaryHopeChallenge

Statement issued by the Comrades Marathon Association’s Media Officer, Delaine Cools on Wednesday, 7 April 2021

For an interview, please call:

CMA Chairperson, Cheryl Winn on 082 779 0824

CMA Vice Chairperson, Mqondisi Ngcobo on 082 908 3805

CMA General Manager, Keletso Totlhanyo on 083 664 0421

For more information, please call Delaine on 083 949 2837