Entry & Race Info

Get to the venue early! If you're not on the road or close to the venue by 4:30am... you're going to be late!

Don’t Miss Out on THE Qualifier!

If you haven’t entered this year’s JointEze Irene Ultra, the only question we have for you is Why Not? With less than a week to go before entries officially close, you are running out of time and we don’t want you to miss out! Don’t forget, there is also a half marathon or a 5km fun run for those not ready for 48km, but enter quickly, or you could miss out!

We have been telling you that this year’s race is going to be Bigger and Better and we weren’t lying! Not only is our finish area going to be a place the whole family can enjoy, our amazing sponsor JointEze is going to make sure runners tired legs are looked after with a massage tent where you can go and give your tired legs some love before sitting down to a cold one with a scrumptious burger.

What makes this race so perfect as #THEQUALIFIER is its 48km distance, and the fact that it is timed by ChampionChip. Firstly, your time will count for the 48-50km qualifying category for Comrades, thus giving you a 2km advantage, and secondly, ChampionChip will be doing mat-to-mat timing, meaning you will not lose any time while waiting to cross the start line, and your time will automatically be submitted to the Comrades entries database. With the new Comrades qualifying criteria being set, runners will be required to run sub 05:50 to secure their Comrades qualifier. This is 7:17 per km vs the required marathon pace of 6:52 per km.

The earliest start in the province at 05:30 also means we try and give you the best conditions at the end of what has been a hot summer.

Giving Back to the Runners, this year is also about giving back to you, the runner, and so the race has once again partnered with Jetline Action Photo to give all runners who participate in the Ultra and 21km free race photos for download! So not only will you have an amazing day out, but you will also have your race images to share on Facebook, ‘mahala!

Entries officially close on 22 March 2020, or earlier if our entry-cap is reached, and with only 600 spots in the Ultra and 600 in the 21km, you should rather enter today to avoid missing out! DO NOT MISS THIS!

Download the 2020 event flyer!

Irene Ultra Serious about our run/fun

Parking

ARC Irene Campus, Irene, Centurions. Click here for directions.
Come early to enjoy the day. Parking also available on Denel grounds. Type ‘Denel Dynamics’ into Google Maps, or click here.

R10 000 incentive for a new course record for the Ultra Marathon for both male & female!

Current records
Current male record 2:50:55
Current female record 3:23:30

Ideal seeding opportunity. Qualifying time is 6 hours, the same as for 50km, but with 2km less to run, mat to mat timing.

  • The 48km and 21,1km races will start at 05:30am. The 5km fun run will start at 06:00am.
  • Medals: The first 1000 finishers of the 5km fun run will receive medals. All entrants who finish the 21,1km and 48km will receive medals.
  • Distance markers every 1km.
  • Water points every 3km.
  • Cut-off times: The cut-off for the 21,1km is 09:00am. The cut-off for the 48km is 11:30pm. There will be a cut-off of 3 hours at the 21km mark for the ultra marathon.
  • Tog bag area available.
  • Medical support available.
  • The 5km fun run is wheelchair friendly.

Online Entries Only

Enter online at www.championchip.co.za. Online entries close 22 March 2020

Timing

The 48km and 21,1km events are being timed with the ChampionChip system and therefore you are required to own a ChampionChip to get an official timed result and be eligible for prize money. ChampionChips are available to purchase for R150. No chip. No result. No prize.

Lucky Draw Prizes

Lucky draw prizes will be handed out at prize giving!
Be there!

Race Pack Collection

  • Thursday 2nd April – Jhb (TBC)
  • Friday 3rd April – 09:00 till 18:00 Sweatshop Southdowns
  • Saturday 4th April – 09:00 till 18:00 Sweatshop Southdowns
  • Race Day (Sunday 5th April) – 04:00 till 05:30 at the venue

Starting Times

48km 21.1km 5km
05:30am 05:30am 06:00am
11:30am 08:30am 08:00am

Entry Fees

 48km21.1km5km
 R250R120R60
60 – 69R160R70R40
70+FREEFREEFREE
Temp LicenceN/AR40N/A

Prize-Giving

48km 21.1km 5km
11:30am 08:30am 08:00am
11:30am 08:30am 08:00am

Medals

Gold 1st ten men & 1st ten ladies plus category winners in the 21,1km and 48km.
Silver Next 100 in the 21,1km and 48km.
Bronze 5km – 1000 on the day to finishers 21,1km & 48km – All entrants who finish.

Prize Money

Prize giving will commence at 11:30 for the 48km, 08:30 for the 21,1km and 08:00 for the 5km fun run.

Category 48km 21.1km 5km Fun run
Runners - Men & Women 1st 2nd 3rd 1st 2nd 3rd 1st 2nd 3rd
Open 5000 3000 2000 750 500 300 300 200 100
40-49 1500 1000 500 300 200 100 - - -
50-59 1000 750 500 300 200 100 - - -
60-69 750 500 - 200 100 - - - -
70-79 500 - - 200 - - - - -
80+ - - - 200 - - - - -
Junior - - - 200 100 - - - -
Walkers - Men & Women
Open - - - 500 300 200 - - -
40-49 - - - 200 100 - - - -
50-59 - - - 200 100 - - - -
60-69 - - - 200 100 - - - -
70-79 - - - 100 - - - - -
80+ - - - 100 - - - - -
Junior - - - 200 100 - - - -
Category 48km
Runners - Men & Women 1st 2nd 3rd
Open 5000 3000 2000
40-49 1500 1000 500
50-59 1000 750 500
60-69 750 500 -
70-79 500 - -
Category 21.1km
Runners - Men & Women 1st 2nd 3rd
Open 750 500 300
40-49 300 200 100
50-59 300 200 100
60-69 200 100 -
70-79 200 - -
80+ 200 - -
Junior 200 100 -
Walkers - Men & Women
Open 500 300 200
40-49 200 100 -
50-59 200 100 -
60-69 200 100 -
70-79 100 - -
80+ 100 - -
Category 5km Fun run
Runners - Men & Women 1st 2nd 3rd

PLEASE TAKE NOTE:
Category winners who are not present at the prize giving will have to collect their prizes and medals from the Irene Athletic Club.

Race Rules

  1. All participate at their own risk and by their entry indemnify the organisers and sponsors of any liability or claims.
  2. All participants in the 48 km and 21.1 km must wear a valid 2020 licence number on the back and front of their vest during the race. Unlicensed runners/walkers in the 21 km must buy a temporary licence (R40). Runners in the 48 km must wear a permanent 2020 licence number and are not allowed to wear a temporary licence number. Race numbers must be worn on the front of the running top. The race number must not cover the sponsor’s logo on the licence number.
  3. The race will take place under the rules of ASA, AGN and IAAF and all participants must wear club colours during the race, except when participating with temporary licences.
  4. No seconding will be permitted.
  5. Minimum age of 16 years on the day of the 21.1km race. Minimum age of 20 years on the day of the race for the 48 km race.
  6. Marshals and traffic officials must be obeyed at all times.
  7. Category winners must provide proof of age to qualify for prizes (ID or other valid documentation).
  8. Athletes competing for category prizes must wear official age category ID tags (front and back of vests).
  9. Walkers competing for prize money must wear official W tags on front and back of vest.
  10. Foreign athletes must observe IAAF rule 4 paragraph 2.
  11. Sorry, no pets allowed.
  12. No iPods or listening devices allowed.
  13. Entry fees will not be refunded, returned, cancelled or exchanged on account of the weather or any unforeseen circumstances beyond the control of the event organisers.
  14. No official timing of the 5 km fun run.
  15. 48 Km & 21 Km entrants have option to buy the high quality, official T-shirt when entering.
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