Time chip to ensure accuracy at Midmar race

2008-01-30 00:00

A new timing chip will ensure accuracy at this year’s 35th Halfway/ Telkom Midmar Mile on Saturday, February 9, to February 10.

The new timing chip and new race medals were announced and exhibited at a launch at Comrades House in Scottsville yesterday.

The chips will be attached to bands worn on swimmers’ ankles.

Race director Wayne Riddin said they expect about 18 000 entrants in this year’s race. In the last four years, the race drew 16 000 to 17 000 entrants, including local, national and international entrants.

According to Riddin, every year organisers aim for a better race than the previous year, and he said the introduction of the new timing chip is a "positive feature" this year.

Integrated into the sporting aspect of the event is a mammoth charity drive with various charities benefiting from race proceeds.

Presentations of R20 000 each were made to charities like the Sunflower Fund, Fulton School for the deaf and the Deaf Association of South Africa.

KZN representative for the Sunflower Fund, Stephanie Berry, said the money will be used to build the bone-marrow registry in SA to help find donor matches as quickly and cost-effectively as possible.

Riddin reiterated that the safety aspect of the race is important, and said relevant roleplayers and volunteer groups play a significant role.

Those who are unable to be at the event and are within a 30-km radius of the dam will be able to hear finishing results on the radio.

To add to the build-up of the 2008 event, there will be a Midmar Mile Expo at the Liberty Midlands Mall from Wednesday, February 6, to February 8. Swimmers will also be able to register over the three days.

nerissag@witness.co.za

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