With just one week before the 2019 Comrades Marathon Substitution Process closes, the Comrades Marathon Association’s (CMA) Race Director, Rowyn James has urged aspirant #Comrades2019 athletes to get their applications in before next Monday’s deadline of 15th April.

The Substitution Process allows for a runner who has not entered to substitute an entrant who has withdrawn or intends to withdraw from the 2019 Comrades Marathon.

James says, “We are anticipating a flurry of applications this week and are pleased to confirm that the Comrades Marathon Substitution Process has functioned smoothly thus far with nearly 1000 substitutions already successfully processed.”

James adds, “Plans are afoot for a phenomenal day of ultra-road running on Sunday, 9th June, for both our runners and supporters. Aspirant Comrades athletes are encouraged to get their applications in before the process closes.”

Athletes intending to submit Substitution application forms are advised to visit the official Comrades Marathon website at for the downloadable forms and the comprehensive list of rules and regulations which govern the Substitution process.

Substitutions can only take effect on a like for like basis, meaning SA runners can only substitute for SA entrants, Rest of Africa (ROA) for other ROA runners and International runners for International entrants.

Prospective substitutes are encouraged to do their applications online. Alternatively, they may send their completed applications via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or hand deliver them to Comrades House in Pietermaritzburg. Please do not post forms.

The completed application forms as specified in the Substitution Rule must reach the CMA office by 15 April 2019. There will be no extension of this deadline and no postal applications will be accepted. The cost of the Substitution application is R300,00.