Comrades Marathon 2019: Weather report for race day

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A chilly and possibly wet start awaits runners in the 94th Comrades Marathon in Durban early on Sunday morning according to the weather forecast.

Comrades weather- Durban

Light rain is predicted for the area around Durban’s City Hall, where the race starts this year.

The race gets underway at 5:30 SAST on Sunday 9 June with the temperature in Durban expected to be around 15 degrees celsius.

By the six hour cut-off mark in Drummond, at 11:40 the temperature on the road is expected to have risen into the low 20s, while the early showers will have given way to partly cloudy conditions.

Comrades weather – Scottsville, Pietermaritzburg

The weather conditions should be fairly forgiving for runners, although the chilly conditions expected at the final cut off at 17:30. The temperature is expected to get up to around 23 degrees celsius in Pietermaritzburg and dip to around 15 degrees at the Scottsville Race Course at the final gun.

Should the winner in either the Men’s or Women’s races in this year’s Comrades break the ‘Up Run’ Best Times of Russia’s Leonid Shvetsov (2008 – 5:24:49) or Elena Nurgalieva (2006 – 6:09:24) respectively, he or she will take home a minimum of R1-million in Comrades prize money, comprised of a first prize of R500,000 plus a R500,000 incentive for breaking the Best Time; in addition to prizes for First South African (R200,000) and First KZN Man and Woman (R45,000).

On top of their prize money, 1-ounce Gold Medals valued at over R770,000 are awarded to the first ten men and the first ten women.

Previous winners of the Comrades Marathon

Note: Predicted temperatures are estimates based on data from the South African Weather Service.

Prize Money

Position Men & Women
1st R500 000.00
2nd R250 000.00
3rd R180 000.00
4th R  90 000.00
5th R  70 000.00
6th R  40 000.00
7th R  35 000.00
8th R  30 000.00
9th R  25 000.00
10th R  20 000.00

Age Category Prizes

Category Position Men & Women
40 – 49 years Position 1 R20 000.00
Position 2 R12 000.00
Position3 R6 000.00
50 – 59 years Position 1 R12 000.00
Position 2 R6 000.00
Position3 R4 000.00
60 + years Position 1 R6 000.00
Position 2 R4 000.00
Position3 R3 000.00

Team Prizes

TEAMS (Amateur/ Recreational Clubs)
Category Position Men & Women
Open 1st Team R16 000.00
2nd Team R12 000.00
3rd Team R8 000.00
Over 40 years 1st Team R12 000.00
2nd Team R8 000.00
3rd Team R4 000.00
TEAM PRIZES (Elite/ Professional)
1st Team R32,000 R32,000

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