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89th Comrades Marathon underway

At least 18,000 runners from across the globe have set off in the world’s premier ultra-marathon.

FILE: At least 18,000 runners from across the globe have set off in the world’s premier ultra-marathon. Picture:  Supplied

DURBAN - Thousands of runners taking part in the 89th Comrades Marathon have set off for Durban.

The grueling ultra-marathon has seen the world's premier runners descending on KwaZulu-Natal.

At least 18,000 runners from across the globe have set off in the world's premier ultra-marathon.

Held at the start in Pietermaritzburg, the runners were released at 5:30am.

They will make their way across the city for most of the day as they hit to Durban.

Registration centres across the city have seen much activity with runners from the world over gearing up for the event.

Meanwhile, the province's Transport Department has warned motorists to be aware of numerous road closures due to the race.

Department spokesperson Nathi Sukazi says, "Firstly, we have a keen interest in making sure that all those who come to the province should travel safely. All those who will be travelling should always exercise patience on the road, be tolerant and ensure that they enjoy the Comrades Marathon and be safe."

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