N3 Pietermaritzburg off ramps closed to Comrades marathon supporters due to road works

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The Comrades Marathon Association says the first three off-ramps on the N3 from Pietermaritzburg to Durban will not be available for supporters due to road works. These are usually the popular spectator spots during the Comrades marathon.

This year’s down-run from Pietermaritzburg to Durban is just over a hundred metres shy of 90 km.

Comrades Race Director Rowyn James says, “Just in terms of the supporters as a result of the road works the first 3 off ramps coming out of Pietermaritzburg will not be available for spectator spots this year. That would be Lynfield Park, Lion Park; the second one being Umlaas Road; 3rd one being Camperdown, which is a very popular spectator spot but due to the nature of the road works. There’s effectively nowhere people can park there due to all the rubble that’s around.”

The Centenary Comrades Marathon scheduled for June 13th, 2021 was cancelled due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, however, runners are excited to participate yet again in this year’s Marathon.

More than 14 000 runners will line up at the start at the Pietermaritzburg City Hall. The race will start at 5.30 am and end 12 hours later at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban.

After a two-year hiatus due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the race has returned with much fanfare as SABC News Vusi Khumalo reports: