1. Registration via the CMA website - this may take a few weeks to filter through from Mr Pirce to the CMA. Dont panic. If you have an email confirmation that you are entered you are fine (dont be confused about registration for Mr Price, and entering Comrades 2012 itself. They are 2 totally different processes. You must do one before the other, but need to do both to enter.
2. Championchips - 99% of 1st timers wont have one. You advise this via the sign-up process if you have one or not. If you do, you have to enter your ID number. If you dont, you pay an extra $12USD to get one (which you collect at the expo in Durban). So if you have entered your bill should be $192USD!
3. Qualification. I believe most measured 42.2km road races will be acceptable. So long as you can name the race and refer them to the "official results" via the www where your name and times are available, you will be fine.
4. If you havent qualified yet, just email the Comrades Marathon Association once you have with details mentioned above.
Other things I observed from last year is that South Africa is a 3rd world country. Many people forget this. As a result, some of the process and procedure they follow isnt what we might be used to here in Australia. If the organisers make a mistake with your entry, please dont get angry with them. People like Mbali at the CMA are some of the nicest people you will meet (she will welcome you at the international registration section of the expo) and they work ridculously hard, so always try and be a little bit more tolerant compared to how you might deal with the organisers of say the Melbourne or Gold Coast Marathon....
And for the 1st timers, enjoy the excitement. It will only build from here, not dissapate
As for me, I left my 2011 Championchip at home, so I will need to wait till I dig it our of my draw (conveniently sitting next to my 2011 medal) until I enter.
PS: Edit, just read diggers update, he puts it soooo much better than me!
Edited by Unlikelyrunner, 01 September 2011 - 09:18 AM.