The Comrades Marathon has been awarded Gold Label status by the International Association of Ultrarunners (IAU).
The IAU introduced its own labelling system for qualifying events to ensure that the race route is measured to conform to World Athletics (WA - formerly known as the IAAF) regulations, as well as enjoying recognition by its own national athletics federation, being Athletics South Africa.
This effectively means that only athletic performances in IAU-labelled races are officially recognised.
This is not only important for possible "Best Performances", but also for the calculations of any travel grants distributed at major IAU competitions.
The IAU Labels are certifications granted by the international body to ultradistance races and are categorised according to IAU Gold Label, IAU Silver Label and IAU Bronze Label.
"We are grateful to the IAU for conferring the impressive Gold Label status on the Comrades Marathon. This is indeed an honour and a privilege for the CMA, as well as being a massive show of confidence in the thousands of Comrades members, volunteers and stakeholders who execute a remarkable event year in and year out," said CMA Chairperson, Cheryl Winn.