Early bird discounts for 40th Midmar Mile to close in a week

2012-12-08 00:00

PIETERMARITZBURG — With a huge entry expected for the 40th anniversary edition of the Midmar Mile, swimmers have less than a week to take advantage of the discounted early entry to secure their place at the start for the milestone event on February 9 and 10.

Swimmers have until December 16 to take advantage of the second stage of the early bird entry fees. Entering at Midmar Dam over the weekend of the race will cost R250. Enter before December 17 and the cost will be R150.

Besides saving, early entries are also good for the administration of the Midmar Mile, said race organiser Wayne Riddin yesterday.

Registration will again take place at Sportsman’s Warehouse at Cascades in the three days preceding the Midmar Mile.

He indicated that entering online is the surest way of ensuring participation in the world’s largest open-water swimming event.

“We prefer the people to make use of the lower entry fee. It’s also online and the more people who enter online the better for us because they capture their own data.”

Riddin said two Midmar Mile seeding events held at Heia Safari Ranch in Gauteng in November and earlier in December produced fields up by 10% and 15%, respectively, in 2012.

“We could be looking at a 20% increase, and that could be closer to the 20 000 entry mark that we would like to achieve for a Guinness Book of World Records attempt.”

The Midmar Mile holds the record for the world’s largest open-water swim, but the goal is 20 000 swimmers, and the 40th anniversary would be an ideal time to achieve that feat.

The next seeding event is the KZN Open Water Swimming Championships on December 16 at Albert Falls. After that there are no more seeding swims in the province. However, the Elgin Country Club in Grabouw in the Western Cape will host the Brian Curtis Mile on January 6, which would be an ideal time for holiday makers to set a seeding time.

For more information on the aQuellé Midmar Mile, visit www.midmarmile.co.za

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