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Tour Overview

Comrades Date: 14th June 2020 Down Run (Pietermaritzburg – Durban)
Distance: 89km – 56 miles
Exclusive Package: Coastlands Umhlanga, Umhlanga
Resolute Travel have the following fantastic package for the Comrades Marathon. With the 89km race being one of the toughest in the world we aim to take all other stresses away by taking care of your accommodation and transport requirements for the duration of your stay.

TOUR INCLUDES:

  • 3 night’s in the Coastlands Hotel, Umhlanga from the 12th June 2020
  • Breakfast daily
  • Return airport transfers
  • Shuttle service to the Durban Exhibition Centre race registration on the Saturday
  • Transfers to the start in Pietermaritzburg and back from the finish in Durban
  • Meet and greet at designated point at finish line
  • Resolute Travel representative on hand to guide and assist you for the duration of your stay

 

EXCLUDES:

  • Flights (can be added – please enquire)
  • Pre-Race optional dinner (R280 per person)
  • Meals other than where specified

Comrades Marathon Hotel – Exclusive Package

COASTLANDS HOTEL UMHLANGA RIDGE:
For travelers who want to take in the sights and sounds of Durban, Coastlands Umhlanga is the perfect choice. Situated only 18 km from the city centre, guests are well located to enjoy the town’s attractions and activities. This modern hotel is in the vicinity of popular city attractions such as Natal Sharks Board, Umhlanga Beach and Gateway Shopping Centre. Coastlands Umhlanga also offers many facilities to enrich your stay in Durban. While lodging at this wonderful property, guests can enjoy restaurant, Wi-Fi in public areas, safety deposit boxes, laundry service/dry cleaning, concierge. In addition, all guestrooms feature a variety of comforts such as hair dryer, in room safe, internet access – LAN (charges apply), shower, television LCD/plasma screen to please even the most discerning guest. The hotel offers an excellent variety of recreational facilities, including garden, fitness centre, outdoor pool. Discover an engaging blend of professional service and a wide array of features at Coastlands Umhlanga.

Comrades Tour Itinerary

FRIDAY 12th JUNE
09h00 – 18h00 Arrive King Shaka International Airport where our Resolute Travel representative will meet you and transfer you to the Coastlands Hotel, Umhlanga for a 3 night stay on a B&B basis.
 

SATURDAY 13th JUNE – COMRADES EXPO
09h00 Resolute Travel will be running a return shuttle to the Comrades Expo in Durban should you wish to go or need to collect your race numbers.
17h00 Meet in the hotel reception to be taken to our optional pre-race dinner.
 

SUNDAY 14th JUNE – 2020 Comrades Marathon
TIME TBC Shuttle to depart hotel reception for the Comrades Marathon start line in Pietermaritzburg. Resolute Travel representatives will meet you in Durban at the finish and will then show you to the shuttle back to your hotel in Umhlanga.
 

MONDAY, 15th JUNE – DEPARTURE DAY
09h00 – 18h00 Shuttle will meet you in the reception 2 hours before your flight departure time and transfer you to King Shaka Airport.

Comrades Marathon Information

ENTRIES:
The first Comrades Marathon took place on 24th May 1921, Empire Day, starting outside the City Hall in Pietermaritzburg with 34 runners. It was established in memory of the fallen soldiers from South Africa in World War I and has continued since then every year with, the exception of the war years 1941-1945, with the direction alternating each year between Pietermaritzburg and Durban, the so called up and down runs.

The course varies from uphill (Durban to Pietermaritzburg) to downhill (Pietermaritzburg to Durban) depending on the year, with the downhills being run on even numbered years and uphill on the odd numbered years.

Less than an hour’s drive from the hotel you can access local Game Farms, visit the quaint Kwazulu-Natal Midlands and experience the local Zulu Culture at traditional Zulu cultural villages. Talk to us about the options for your stay in South Africa.

ENTRIES
Entries for the Comrades marathon open on 1 September. Entries will close on 30 November for all runners, including internationals.

COURSE
2020 is an DOWN RUN starting in Pietermaritzburg and finishing in Durban .

QUALIFICATION
All entrants must comply with the Comrades Marathon qualifying criteria. If you do not supply qualifying details with your entry, you must submit your club name, license number and qualifying details by no later than 2 May 2018 (tbc).

All entrants must qualify by completing an officially recognized race, technically approved by the local athletics federation, according to the following table during the period of 1 August 2017 to 2 May 2018 (tbc).

AGE RESTRICTION:
The minimum age requirement is that the athlete must be 20 years or older on the day of the race (ASA Rule 11). Please note that the athlete must be 20 years of age on the day of running the qualifying event.
 

RESTRICTION ON ENTRY:
The Comrades Marathon is restricted to club registered runners only. South African entrants must be current 2018 licensed members of a club, affiliated to Athletics South Africa through their provinces. The domicile rule will be strictly enforced. No athlete may run for a club other than a club registered in the Province in which they domicile, unless they are registered on the current ASA National List. No runner may run with an animal under any circumstances. Athletes will not be in possession of their 2018 licenses at the time of entry. They will be able to enter, however they MUST submit their club name and license number to CMA no later than 16h30, 02 May 2018. Failure to submit these details will result in the entry being rejected. INTERNATIONAL ENTRANTS WHO MAY BE IN CONTENTION TO WIN A CATEGORY PRIZE MUST PRODUCE A CLEARANCE LETTER ON SUBMISSION OF ENTRY, FROM THEIR COUNTRY FEDERATION.
 

FOREIGN ATHLETES:
Foreign athletes must strictly observe IAAF Rule 4 paragraph 2. Foreign athletes, particularly those who hope to win any prize, must note that in order to take part in the event, written approval (a permit) from their own federation is required. All foreign athletes, particularly those who hope to win any prize, should hand over their permits (as per IAAF Rule 4 paragraph 2) to the event organisers any time before the event takes place. All foreign athletes who violate IAAF Rule 4 or who do not produce permits on demand, will not be eligible to win any prize. In a case where a foreign athlete is entered through a South African Athletic Club, it is the responsibility of the club to secure the permit from the athlete, and hand it over to the race organisers before the event takes place. Event organisers reserve the right to stop any foreign athlete who does not hold a permit required under IAAF rule 4, from taking part in their event. If a foreign athlete violates IAAF rule 4 or ASA rule 4 and accepts a prize without producing a permit, and the athlete has entered the event through a South African Athletic Club, then the club in question will also face disciplinary action by ASA.
 

RUNNING KIT, SPONSORSHIP & ADVERTISING:
Runners are encouraged to wear club colours officially registered with their provincial bodies (however this is not compulsory), or unbranded running kits (ASA Rule 13.1). In the event of a team competition, athletes must wear their club colours as officially registered with their provincial bodies. THE TWO OFFICIAL 2018 COMRADES MARATHON RACE NUMBERS MUST BE WORN ON THE FRONT AND BACK OF YOUR UPPER BODY GARMENT THROUGHOUT THE RACE, AND NOT ON YOUR RUNNING SHORTS, AS THIS WILL RESULT IN DISQUALIFICATION. The sponsored cap which, which you will receive in your runner’s goodie bag, is the PREFERRED (but not compulsory) branded heargear permitted on race day. Runners must familiarize themselves with and abide by the advertising rules as per the IAAF and ASA Rulebooks. (IAAF Rule 143 and ASA Rule 13.1 and advertising regulations.) These provisions apply for the duration of the race including warming up, all race ceremonies and official press conference. Under no circumstances may a runner display a political slogan in any matter or form. (IAAF Rule 2(a)).
 

SECONDING \ PHYSICAL ASSISTANCE:
The no mobile seconding rule will be very strictly enforced. No seconds may drive, cycle or run alongside any athlete on the route. The stand and hand rule, whereby a runner’s seconds may stand at any point on the route and hand refreshments to their athlete while they remain stationary, will apply. No seconds may travel on the route. No pacing will be permitted. Any transgressions will lead to disqualification. Any athlete being found carried along the route and/or before the finish line will be liable for disqualification. (IAAF Rule 144). With reference to IAAF Rule 144.2(b) athletes who are contention for any position or category prize are not allowed to be in possession of or use any form of mobile or similar device.
 

INTERNATIONAL BUS TOURS:
Bus tour tickets are NOT included in the international entry fee. The tour is limited to a runner and two guests. Tours can be booked with your entry. Tour tickets will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis. The cost of the bus tour is R400.00.
 

TIME LIMITS & CUT OFFS:
The race is run from “gun to gun”. The cut-off times for these points will be confirmed in the final race instructions. The CMA reserves the right to alter these positions. Runners will be required to board a rescue bus and be transported to the finish venue should they not have reached the cut-off points within the specified time.
Athletes MUST retire once ordered to do so by an official medical delegate or medical staff. [IAAF Rule 240 7]. Failing to obey these officials WILL lead to your exclusion in entering or participating in the 2018 race.
The cut-off points will be clearly sign posted and do not relate to the location of any timing mats or other markers along the route.
 

Hear What Our Clients Have To Say

“Thanks to all of you for an absolutely superb weekend!!! I found your entire team to be extremely efficient and friendly and thought everything went off without a hitch! No mean feat especially considering how you had to co-ordinate all the different people etc. You honestly made what could potentially have been a very stressful weekend into a very pleasant weekend! It was fabulous not having to worry about any of the logistics or arrangements and only having to worry about actually running the race! I doubt I will be there next year as I cannot run downhill ?, but will be back in 2017 for the next up run and will certainly book through you again. Thanks so much for everything!!”
Lynn Etheridge
“Hope you are well. I sincerely want to thank you for the excellent service you rendered to us, during the Comrades 2015 Weekend. You & your staff really created a stress free weekend. Everything was so well organized, & all of you are so friendly. Well done! to you, Doug & the rest of the Resolute Travel staff! Kindly keep me informed once your packages for Comrades 2016 becomes available. Thank you, much appreciated. PS – I hope you don’t mind me recommending your services to other runners. Chow! Till next time.”
Josephine Mashappie
“Hi there I can only say Thank you, I had a fabulous time Your entire team was so friendly yet professional, The dinner was spot on. The food was perfect for pre race. The hotel was clean and comfy The transport perfectly on time , every time All in all a really a super experience. Regards”
Renee Booysen
“Thank you for looking after Chris and Welcome. Your organization and hospitality was perfect. You can be assured that we will use your company again next year. Many thanks.”
Neville Schmelzer
“Dear Roxy, A huge thanks from all of us to you! We couldn’t believe our luck when it became apparent we were staying in the same hotel as the Nedbank Elites and managed to get selfies with the US Salamon team as well as last years winner Ellie and not least previous SA winners. Thanks to Brett who collected us from the hotel and upon finding out it was the Singaporeans first visit to Africa took us on the scenic route to the hotel. First impressions really do count! And we were impressed. We were more than happy with everything arrange by yourselves. The pasta party was great fun and we got to bond with the other runners. Having you on board with us at the start and end of the run was reassuring that no one would be left behind. We will without doubt book with Resolute again next year and it will be my recommendation to anyone from Asia visiting the region!”
Abi Facey
“Good day, Thank you very much for the warm note below. I would personally like to pass my appreciation to you and your company for making this comrades an event to remember……it was my first and surely not last. Please allow me to share some of the great moments that you offered as a company and individually; The Saturday dinner made me meet runners who gave me wise advises and prepared me mentally. We were on time for start of marathon and you were available at finish point…..this is key to tired bodies. Unfortunately my body gave up when leaving for the bus….you became a paramedic; doctor; sister; luggage carrier and ensured that I got all the help available You can be assured that your company will always come first to mind when travel to Durban pops up. Thank you so much, Resolute has an asset in you Roxy!!!”
Bakang Tsheboagae

COASTLANDS HOTEL, UMHLANGA RIDGE

12th – 15th June 2020

Comrades Marathon – Exclusive Package

Don’t hesitate to get in touch with the team to book or tailor make your tour.

COASTLANDS HOTEL

R4950 per person
Based on 2 people sharing

Single supplement
Add on R2260 to above price.

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