Runners live by a guide that describes every race in the land - and there's at least one every weekend.
Briton Eleanor Greenwood has broken the Russian stronghold on the Comrades by becoming the first athlete outside eastern Europe in 11 years to win.
Scottish runner John Sneddon got hooked on the race in 1993 and has run the ultramarathon every year since.
Claude Moshiywa broke the foreign stranglehold as he became the first South African to win the "up" Comrades run in 21 years.
Eleven months after winning the Comrades Marathon, Ludwick Mamabolo will receive his trophy, gold medal and R300 000 winner's cheque on Monday.
Comrades Marathon champion Ludwick Mamabolo says he is relieved after being cleared of doping charges, more than 10 months after winning the race.
The B-sample of Comrades marathon winner Ludwick Mamabolo has tested positive, says the South African Institute for Drug Free Sport.
Comrades Marathon winner Ludwick Mamabolo, speaking out for the first time since he tested positive for a banned substance, insists he is innocent.
Winner of the 2012 Comrades Marathon Ludwick Mamabolo - who is being probed for possible doping - is a victim of racism, says his family.
Comrades Marathon 2012 winner Ludwick Mamabolo says the past seven years has "pained" him, with no South African able to win the race.
Ludwick Mamabolo has broken the foreign stranglehold on the Comrades Marathon to win the 89km "down" run in Durban.
The podium at this year's Comrades Marathon is expected to be dominated by Russian runners with a few local athletes hoping to keep the gold in SA.
One of the best athletes SA has produced and former world cross country champion, Zola Budd, has confirmed her participation in the Comrades Marathon.
Nearly three decades after she was entangled in a controversial Olympic final, Zola Budd has set herself a modest goal at the Comrades Marathon.
Stephen Muzhingi of Zimbabwe secured his third straight Comrades Marathon title in Pietermaritzburg on Sunday morning.
The Comrades is now a commercial behemoth, but it's still an uphill challenge for most.
The spirit of the Soccer World Cup welcomed the 2010 Comrades Marathon winner, Stephen Muzhingi, into Kingsmead Stadium on Sunday.
Anxiety, fear and excitement are building up as runners prepare for the 85th anniversary of the Comrades Marathon, taking place on Sunday.
"Boet, are you strong enough", "do you have a strong character", "have you been running races", "which was the last race you ran?"