Better Mile caps, medals to boost 17 000-entry race

2008-01-10 00:00

Entries for the Halfway-Telkom Midmar Mile set for February 9 and 10 at Midmar Dam are ahead of previous years thus far.

The annual swim has attracted over 17 000 entries on two previous occasions, while 16 983 entries were received in 2007.

“We are expecting similar figures this year, although it would be great to try break the 18 000 mark,” said race director Wayne Riddin.

“We have made some minor improvements to an already successful event — the most significant being introducing silicone swimcaps that will be given to each entrant, as well as a higher-quality medal. Hopefully this will attract the extra competitors.”

Riddin said that the silicone caps are more durable and of a better quality. “However, our one big disappointment is that we have decided to cancel the international 10-km event that was scheduled for Thursday, February 7.”

Riddin said that the 10-km international event was set up specifically to accommodate the usual British contingent who compete at the Midmar Mile. However, the national federation then placed their South African Championships for Open Water swimming in Cape Town just four days earlier and failed to sanction the 10-km swim at Midmar Dam.

The decision by Swimming South Africa made it difficult for the British swimmers to travel to the Midmar Mile due to the costs, said Riddin, but will not have any effect on the Hungarian and Australian swimmers who will be travelling to South Africa specifically to compete in the Midmar Mile.

Riddin said the eight swimmers who entered the 10-km event will receive a full refund.

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