The Midmar Mile 2016
All swimmers residing in Kwa-Zulu Natal are familiar the popular swimming race known as The Midmar Mile. The annual race takes place in the small town of Howick, located just outside of Pietermaritzburg.
While considered an ideal spot for boating, water-skiing, fishing and picnicking for locals, once a year the Midmar dam attracts multitudes of contestants - both swimming novices and athletes who wish swim the dam's full length of a mile.
In 2009, the Midmar Mile was recognised in the Guinness Book of Records when 13 755 competitors finished the race, making it the world's largest open water swimming event.
In order to accommodate the vast number of contestants, swimmers go out in five different groups at three-minute intervals in 8 separate mile races over two days.
The Midmar Mile is an all-inclusive event, where people of all ages, creed and abilities are given the chance to compete in the race. Not only that, the event supports the Special Olympics community, giving free entry to all Special Olympics athletes.
Funds raised from the event go toward promoting the sport of swimming and aids various charities and drowning-prevention initiatives, such as the Pietermaritzburg Seals and the Princess Charlene Foundation.
Whether you compete or just watch and support, this promises to be a fun-filled weekend.
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