Midmar Mile: Going for a world record - and chasing double the prize money

2009-02-03 00:00

The organisers of this year’s Midmar Mile are confident they will break the Guinness world record for the largest open-water swimming race.

The record currently stands at 3 070 people. But with over 13 500 entants, you can bet the title will go to Midmar this year.

“We have 13 575 people who have entered so far, and we are expecting a few late applications. We can’t ensure that they’ll all turn up, but judging by the number of applicants we will be way over that amount,” says race organiser Wayne Riddin.

Riddin says Midmar has been breaking the world record for many years, but was not acknowledged because of misinformation about competing for the record. Last year, he adds, between 14 000 and 15 000 people finished.

“We had to make sure that all the requirements were met this year … and all is set.”

Riddin still encourages those who want to participate to enter. “Be a part of history and join us on the day,” he says. Late entants have until Friday to register at the Liberty Midlands Mall’s food court.

And if being a part of history isn’t appealing enough for you to take on Midmar, Riddin says that all those entering stand the chance of winning a brand-new Toyota Yaris. “Whether they win or not, they’ll be entered into the draw and can walk away with the car.”

He also says that Speedo has doubled the prize money for each of the major events — the winners of these races will each receive R10 000.

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