If you have friends, family or enemies you want to wish bad luck on for that matter, the best thing to do is to download the official Comrades Marathon app from the app store.
I’m nowhere near being ready for the Comrades, but a few of my friends will be running the good race on Sunday. By using the app, it would be so much easier to keep track of what’s going on.
You’ll be able to search for athletes by name or race number and get real-time updates on their progress during the race. This will also help you know when there’s a chance of seeing them on your television screen.
Perhaps you don’t want to specifically keep track of anyone. Maybe you just want to enjoy the main race and heartbreak and joy as runners battle to make it to the cut-off point in time. We won’t judge.
Here is a list of the expected times for the race winners and different cut-off points. A list of road closures can be found here.
Race-day Programme and Cut-offs:
05:00: SABC 2 Live Broadcast Begins
05:15: Seeding Batches Close
05:30: 2019 Comrades Marathon Start
08:10: Cut-off at St Johns Ave Subway – Pinetown
10:00: Cut-off at Winston Park
11:00: Expected Arrival of First Male Runner
11:30: Wally Hayward Medal Cut-off at Finish
11:40: Cut-off at Drummond – Halfway
11:45: Expected Arrival of First Female Runner
13:00: Post-race Winners Conference
13:00: Isavel Roche-Kelly Medal Cut-off (Women) at Finish
13:00: Silver Medal Cut-off (Men) at Finish
13:40: Cut-off at N3 Subway – Cato Ridge
14:00: Victory Ceremony & Past Winners Jacket Handover
14:30: Bill Rowan Medal Cut-off at Finish
15:00: Cut-off at Umlaas Road Interchange
15:30: Robert Mtshali Medal Cut-off at Finish
16:30: Bronze Medal Cut-off at Finish
16:40: Cut-off at top of Polly Shortts
16:45: Toyota Win-A-Car Draw
17:30: Vic Clapham Medal Cut-off at Finish: Race Ends
17:35: Closing Ceremony
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