Midmar Mile

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Olympic swimmers, royalty and pro open water swimmers compete
Finish at the Midmar Mile
2014-2015 WOWSS offers 13 races around the world including the aQuellé Midmar Mile
The aQuellé Midmar Mile in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, organized by Wayne Riddin, is the world's largest competitive open water swim that attracts nearly 19,000 swimmers of all ages and abilities every year to South Africa. Its operations are among the most professional in the sport and its budget is the largest in the world. It is one of the World's Top 100 Open Water Swims and includes a series of seeding events and is part of the 2014-2015 World Open Water Swimming Series.

The Midmar Mile was recognized as an Honour Organisation by the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame in its Class of 2013 for its outstanding contributors to the sport of Open Water Swimming/Marathon Swimming. Its race director, Wayne Riddin, has been nominated for the World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year.


Pope-Ellis Ironman / Ironwoman

The aQuellé Midmar Mile in Pietermaritzburg Comrades Marathon is one leg of the Pope-Ellis Ironman and Pope-Ellis Ironwoman competition which also includes 89.9 km Comrades Marathon and the 120 km Dusi Canoe Marathon.

8-Mile Charity Club

Individuals who wish to raise money for selected charities also participate in the 8-mile Club where they swim all 8 one-mile heats at the Midmar Mile. Olympian Terence Parkin once not only swam all 8 one-mile heats, but also swam back to the start from the finish to complete a 16-mile charity swim.

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City Midmar Dam in Pietermaritzburg in Kwazulu Natal

Country South Africa

Region Africa



GENERAL ENQUIRIES: Post Entries to PO Box 21936, Mayors Walk, 3208

Physical Address: 18 Pine Street, Pietermaritzburg, 3201

Email: info@midmarmile.co.za

Phone: 0861 MIDMAR – 0861 643627

Event Information

Month: February

Date: 11-12 February 2012

Website: Midmar Mile

Class: Amateur and professional

Wetsuit: No

2014 WOWSS Events

1. aQuellé Midmar Mile in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa in February. Race director Wayne Riddin
2. Miami Mile in Miami, Florida, U.S.A. in April. Race director Jonathan Strauss
3. El Cruce in Cancún, Mexico in May. Race director Rafael Hernández
4. Jax Coco Shek O Challenge in Hong Kong in July. Race director Doug Woodring
5. Henley Mile in Henley-on-the-Thames, United Kingdom in July. Race director Tom Kean
6. Hellespont and Dardanelles Swim in Turkey in August. Race director Simon Murie
7. Aichi Crossing in Nagoya, Japan in August. Race director Yutaka Shinozaki
8. BCT Gdynia Marathon – Open Race in Gdynia, Poland in August. Race director Tomasz Pąchalski
9. Waikiki Roughwater Swim in Oahu, Hawaii in September. Race director Kaia Hedlund
10. Swim The Island in Italy in October. Race director Matteo Testa
11. The Five in Hong Kong in October. Race director Doug Woodring
12. King and Queen of the Sea in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in December. Race director Pedro Rego Monteiro
13. Stroke for Egypt in the Red Sea, Egypt in December. Race coordinator Mohamed Marouf

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