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Start gun fired, 2016 Comrades Marathon officially underway

Close to 22,000 runners are now making their way from Pietermaritzburg to the Durban CBD.

Picture: GCIS.

DURBAN - The 2016 Comrades Marathon is officially underway.

The start gun was fired outside the Pietermaritzburg City Hall a short while ago.



Close to 22,000 runners are now making their way from Pietermaritzburg to Durban, to run exactly 89 kilometres and 208 metres.

They'll run over the popular shorts and through the Valley of a Thousand Hills before ending at Kingsmead Cricket Stadium in the Durban CBD.



The first group of runners are expected in at around 12pm this afternoon.

Many more will continue to stream in until the final gun at 5:30pm this evening - but unfortunately for some, they won't reach the end in time.

This year's favourites includes defending men's and women's champions' Gift Kalehe and Caroline Wöstmann.