Comrades Marathon organisers have bumped up prize money for next year’s race and toughened qualifying times to bump stragglers off the course. Race director Rowyn announced at a launch in Johannesburg on Thursday that the total prize fund had increased 8.5% to R4.3-million‚ with the men’s and women’s winners to receive R500‚000 each. On the other side of the field‚ however‚ the qualifying times have been tightened up slightly‚ by 10 minutes to 4hr 50min for a standard marathon and to 6:45:00 for those doing the Two Oceans. “There’s a very high non-finishing rate there‚ among the people who qualify in the last 10 minutes‚” said Comrades Marathon Association (CMA) chair Cheryl Winn‚ adding many of these runners also required medical assistance along the way. Entries for the 2019 edition of the race‚ a 12-hour epic from Durban to Pietermaritzburg on June 9‚ will open on October 19 and will close on December 10‚ although they sold out in three weeks last year. The cap has been increased...

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