Media Release: #Comrades2023 has a new Finish Venue

This year’s Comrades Marathon Down Run, scheduled for Sunday, 11 June 2023,
will have a different finish as it returns to the Hollywoodbets Kingsmead Stadium
after a seven-year break.

The world-famous 90km ultramarathon will not end at the Moses Mabhida
Stadium (MMS), as has been the case with the 2018 and 2022 Down Runs. This
is due to the Comrades race date returning to its traditional date of the second
Sunday in June from the previously held August date. In doing so, the traditional
June date had already been allocated by MMS to the hosting of the 2023 Cosafa
Cup at the landmark venue, thereby necessitating the move.

CMA Race Director, Rowyn James says, “Kingsmead Stadium is our preferred
finish venue for this year’s Down Run, as the venue is accustomed to hosting the
Comrades Marathon and the revised route should be an ease in transition for
the runners. We would like to thank the team at MMS for partnering with CMA
during the 2018 and 2022 races and we look forward to hosting our athletes on
Sunday, 11 June.”

Head: Stadia and Facilities Unit, Vusi Mazibuko says, “MMS valued its association
with the Comrades Marathon as their finish venue of choice during the 2018 and
2022 Comrades Down Runs. This race is not just a proudly KZN event but one of international significance; and it continues to attract the world’s best ultrarunners to our shores and maintain Durban’s status as South Africa’s sporting
playground.”

The 96th Comrades Marathon will start at the Pietermaritzburg City Hall at
5h30 and finish 12 hours later at the Hollywoodbets Kingsmead Stadium in
Durban on Sunday, 11 June 2023. This will be the 48th Down Run.

***ENDS***

Joint Statement issued by the Comrades Marathon Association’s Marketing &
Communications Department and eThekwini Municipality Communications
Department on Wednesday 15 March 2023.

For an interview, please call:

  • CMA Chairperson, Mqondisi Ngcobo on 082 908 3805
  • CMA Race Director, Rowyn James on 079 501 0061
  • eThekwini Municipality – City Communications Unit, Musawakhe
    Mayisela – 060 966 4220

For more information, please call CMA Marketing Manager, Delaine Cools on
083 949 2837

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