Netcare Renews Comrades Sponsorship

Netcare 911 and Netcare remain the official emergency medical services providers to the Comrades Marathon

Thursday, March 22 2018

Netcare 911 and Netcare will remain the official emergency medical services and hospital services providers to the Comrades Marathon for another four years. The leading private healthcare provider group has been supplying their state of the art health services to The Ultimate Human Race since 2004.

In terms of the agreement, Netcare will continue to provide a hospital medical service to all athletes on race day. The referral hospital before halfway will be St Anne’s Hospital in Pietermaritzburg while St Augustine’s Hospital in Durban will serve as the referral hospital after halfway.

Netcare 911 will provide the pre-hospital medical rescue service to all Comrades participants who require pre-hospital emergency medical attention. Netcare will operate a fleet of vehicles, manned by qualified paramedics and medical personnel available on race day, including:

  • 16 ambulances
  • 5 rapid response cars
  • 4 rapid response motorcycles
  • 1 medical helicopter

A team of medical personnel will also be stationed at the Finish Venue.

Comrades Marathon Association General Manager, Chris Fisher said, “Our association with Netcare is based on strong mutual values that put the runner at the heart of everything we do. We are extremely pleased to announce the continuation of this long and fruitful partnership that the CMA shares with Netcare. We know, that with Netcare, ‘you’re in safe hands.’”

Netcare 911’s Managing Director, Craig Grindell says,   “We look forward to continue partnering with the Comrades Marathon and building on our long-standing relationship. We would like to assure the thousands of runners in this iconic race that their well-being is our priority, in line with Netcare and Netcare 911’s commitment to delivering world-class medical care. Our experienced personnel will be out in full force along the route and at the finish, and our Netcare hospitals will be fully geared to provide further medical care to those who may need it.”

The 2018 Comrades Marathon will start outside the Pietermaritzburg City Hall at 05h30 on Sunday, 10 June 2018 and finish 12 hours later at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban.


Statement issued by the Comrades Marathon Association’s Media Officer Delaine Cools on Wednesday, 14 March 2018

For an interview, please contact:

  • CMA General Manager, Chris Fisher on 071 883 6919
  • Netcare’s Head of Business Development Support Services, Ruben Naidoo on 082 470 0828