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The 48th Comrades Marathon will take place on 11 June and organisers have just given entrants more reasons to give it their best and win the race.

Last year’s winner bagged R260,000 when they crossed the world’s largest ultra-marathon. This year, the winner will get a cool R500,000.

The prize money is the same for the men’s and women’s winning athletes.

That’s not the only prize money that’s up for grabs this year. This year’s race is a down-run meaning the race will start in Pietermaritzburg and end in Durban.

Should the winners manage to break the current down-run records, they will receive an extra R500,000. The current records are held by David Gatebe (5:18:19) set in 2016 and Frith van der Merwe (5:54:43) set in 1989.

Should the winner be a South African they will receive another R200,000 and if they’re from KwaZulu-Natal, that will mean another R60,00 will be added to their winning amount.

News24 reports that the second and third-place finishers will also have something to smile about in the event of not winning, with their prizes being increased to R250,000 and R180,000 respectively.

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