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Comrades Marathon - 8 June 2023

Comrades Marathon - 8 June 2023 (CM01)

Comrades Marathon - 8 June 2023 (CM01)

Country Visited: South Africa
Days Distance Race Type Price from Style
4 Ultra Runacations & Adventure,Seven Continents 22500 Value Self-Guided
  • Overview

  • Itinerary

  • Accommodation

  • Important Information

  • FAQs

  • Reviews

  • Dates & Prices


Conceived by a World War I veteran, the Comrades Marathon, now the oldest and largest ultramarathon in the world, was intended to be a tribute to those who had fallen in the war, by testing the resolve of the men (the race was only officially open to men for its first 54 years) who ran it.
The race is approximately 90K and runs from Pietermaritzburg to Durban in the even-numbered years and from Durban to Pietermaritzburg in the odd-numbered years. The 2022 race is an "DOWN RUN” starting at the City Hall in Pietermaritzburg and finishing at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban. 
Choose between a a 3 night stay (Friday to Monday) or 4 nights (Thursday to Monday or Friday to Tuesday) based on your travel schedule.. 



  • 3 night’s stay from 26th to 29th August. You can add a pre-night on 25th or a post night on 29th August. 
  • Daily Breakfast (03 for 03 nights stay and 04 for 04 nights stay etc)  
  • Pasta Dinner on Saturday
  • Airport transfers on arrival and departure on private basis 
  • One-way group transfer to the Durban Exhibition Centre for the race registration on Saturday, 27th August
  • Group transfers to the start line in Pietermaritzburg and back from the finish in Durban
  • The race entry costs NOT included in your tour price are R3800 (South African Rand) 


Day 1
Day 1: Friday - Arrival Open or Close

On arrival at Durban King Shaka Airport you will be transferred to the hotel. You have the rest of the day to spend as you please - take a walk at your leisure to the Expo/Race registration at the Durban Exhibition Centre.
Should you arrive in time, today is a good day to visit the expo and collect your race kit. There is an organised bus tour of the race route (refer to www.comrades.com for more details/must be pre-booked with your race entry).
If your airline choice gets you into Durban post 5pm, we recommend arriving on Thursday.
Meals: None

Day 2
Day 2: Expo Visit Open or Close

If you have still not visited the expo, today is your day to do so. Active Holiday Company offers a one way transfer to the expo at 10 am. Spend the time you want at the expo and return to the hotel at your own leisure. Rest of the day is at leisure to relax and prepare for the big day tomorrow. There are a number of restaurants locally to carb load or you can join the hotels pasta dinner today (included in your tour price).
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3
Day 3: Comrades Marathon Open or Close

The big day is here!
This year, 2022 is the Down Run from Pietermaritzburg to Durban. Use the transfer to arrive at the start.
End the day with well earned celebrations!
Meals: Breakfast

Day 4
Day 4: Departure Open or Close

Medal in bag and spirits high, today you will be transported to Durban King Shaka Airport for your flight back home. If you have added an extra night at the end you can spend the day relaxing or perhaps shopping?
Meals: Breakfast



Riverside Hotel DURBAN
A premium 4 star hotel, located less than 3 km from the finish line, in the tranquil and safe North Durban, our Comrades Marathon hotel pick is the resort style Riverside Hotel. All rooms feature kitchenettes with microwaves and minifridges which make your race preparation super easy. Enjoy complimentary Wi-Fi, breakfast everyday by the poolside and the spa next door. 



  • The exact inclusions on your trip are detailed on every trip page.
  • Typically, the cost of flights, visas, passport, insurance is not included in the tour price unless stated otherwise.
  • Any meals not mentioned as included are at your own expense.
  • Single rooms, optional tours and extra nights cost extra.
  • Tips for drivers, guides and tour managers is not included in your tour price.
  • Arrival and departure transfers may or may not be included in your tour price – this is clearly stated on the trip page.
  • Excess baggage, porterage, laundry, phone calls, alcoholic beverages are considered personal expenses and not included in your tour price.
  • GST, VAT and other taxes as applicable in your country are additional to the tour price.

Booking Conditions

DEPOSIT: Full payment is needed at the time of booking. The race entry of R3800 must be made at the time of booking and is non-refundable and non-transferable. 

CANCELLATION: Bookings canceled on or before 01 June will attract a 50% cancellation fee. 100% cancellation applies to bookings cancelled after 01 June 2022.

SUBSTITUTION: Runner substitution is as per The Comrades Marathon Association policy - wherein substitutions for the 2022 Comrades Marathon will be accepted during the substitution window period of 1 – 30 June 2022. 

Before You Go

Things you need to know


Q.1 Can I get an entry into Comrades Marathon without a qualifying time? Open or Close

Comrades Marathon requires all its participants to have met the cut off qualifying time irrespective of the registration method. Runners registering through Tour Operators also need to have qualifying race timing.

Q.2 Till when can I submit my qualifying time? Open or Close

You can submit the qualifying time for any race run between 1 September 2021 and 12 July 2022. Once your entry is confirmed, if you are unable to meet the qualifying timing for any reason before the deadline, your registration will be forfeited and no refund will be due.

Q.3 How do I register for the race via Active Holiday Company? Open or Close

After you have blocked your accommodation and paid your non-refundable entry fee, Active Holiday Company will contact you with a registration form that you will need to fill in. 

Q.4 Till when can I book a spot with Active Holiday Company? Open or Close

We have a limited number of Comrades Marathon entries and space is available to book till 30 June 2022 or until the entries last. We expect that the entries will be taken much before the last date since we have a pretty small number.  

Q.5 Is the entry available without the stay package Open or Close

Yes, if you have the qualifying time, you can opt for the 'Race entry and timing chip package' at INR 25,500/- OR AED 1250

Q.6 I am a solo traveller, is it possible for me to find someone to share my room with? Open or Close

We have several single runners interested in sharing a room with another runner and, wherever possible, we try to pair up people who have requested rooms on twin share. However, please keep in mind that this is not a guarantee and in some cases you might be required to take a single supplement. If you have a friend who is already on the group you'd like to share your room with please let us know your preference at the time of making the booking so we can pair you together.


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Dates & Prices


  Twin Share Single Room Extra Nights+ Race Entry* Timing Chip Entry Only**
INR  ₹22,500  ₹33,000  ₹5,800  ₹21,900  ₹800  ₹28,000
AED Dhs 1,070 Dhs 1,570 Dhs 275 Dhs 1075 Dhs 38 Dhs 1,325

Race Entry & Timing Championship are additional to all stay packages. 
*Race Entry in combination to our accommodation package only 
* Champion Chip Rentals when added to our accomodation package only
** When Race entry along with timing chip are booked without accommodation
+ Extra nights are on room only basis (breakfast can be booked directly at the hotel)

The rate of exchange used is 1ZAR = 4.87 INR / 0.237 AED. Active Holiday Company reserves the right to amend prices if the currency fluctuates more than 10%. 
Bookings & payments made in India (with Active Marathon Holidays Pvt Ltd) attract +5% GST and +5%TCS to the INR (Indian Rupee) prices. 
Bookings made in UAE can be paid via credit card or bank transfer. AED prices apply to such bookings and in case of refunds, the same will be made in AED (Dhirams).
Refunds in case of cancellations will be made in the currency of the booking country (INR or AED) - and the currency fluctuation, if any, will be borne by the traveller  
All credit card payments attract 3% surcharge.

Why Run with Active Holiday Company

We are the region’s best known & most trusted Marathon Tour Operator. We are the official Tour Operators for the World Marathon Major Races. We are runners just like you!
  • Guaranteed Race Entry, no timing qualification

    Guaranteed Race Entry,
    no timing qualification

  • Well located accommodation that delivers value

    Well located accommodation
    that delivers value

  • Thoughtfully planned programs with runner ‘comforts’ included

    Thoughtfully planned programs with
    runner ‘comforts’ included

  • All logistics looked after, you focus on your race!

    All logistics looked after,
    you focus on your race!

  • Best in class service & 24/7 emergency support

    Best in class service &
    24/7 emergency support

  • Network with like-minded runners & companions

    Network with like-minded
    runners & companions

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