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Midmar Mile

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Race founder Mike Arbuthnot's 42nd consecutive aQuellé Midmar Mile swim is nominated for the 2015 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year
Chad Ho running up the slipway at the Midmar Dam, winning his 6th consecutive aQuellé Midmar Mile in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa
Midmar Mile promotional material with Mike Arbuthnot on far left, Keri-Anne Payne in middle and Ashley Twichell on far right
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
90-year-old Lorna Cochran finishing the 2014 aQuellé Midmar Mile with members of Lorna's Gang. Photo by Andrew Grote of Gameplan Media.
Chad Ho winning one of his five consecutive races at the aQuellé Midmar Mile in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. Photo by Darren Goddard of Cychomedia
92-year-old Lorna Cochran with the Cochran Clan at the 2015 aQuellé Midmar Mile, her 17th race, with her family
Mandy Loots finishing the 2015 aQuellé Midmar Mile on the slipway while raising money for The Pink Drive. Photo by Gameplan Media.
Tracy Helps with children and husband Owen Scheftz at the end of the 2015 aQuellé Midmar Mile. Photo by Gameplan Media.

The aQuellé Midmar Mile in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal, 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.

Honors

The aQuellé 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.

There is also a 16-mile event as part of the 8-mile Club.

Title Sponsor

aQuellé

Distance

1 mile

Type

Reservoir

Location

City Midmar Dam in Pietermaritzburg in Kwazulu Natal

Country South Africa

Region Africa

Videos

Contact

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

Growth of the Event

1974 - 153 swimmers
1975 - 220 swimmers
1976 - 634 swimmers
1977 - 1,021 swimmers
1978 - 1,426 swimmers
1979 - 1,892 swimmers
1980 - 2,500 swimmers
1981 - 3,000 swimmers
1982 - 3,000 swimmers
1983 - unknown
1984 - 2,555 swimmers
1985 - 2,454 swimmers
1986 - 3,200 swimmers
1987 - 3,500 swimmers
1988 - 3,916 swimmers
1989 - 3,700 swimmers
1990 - 4,000 swimmers
1991 - 4,890 swimmers
1992 - 4,400 swimmers
1993 - 4,724 swimmers
1994 - 5,027 swimmers
1995 - 6,140 swimmers
1996 - 6,925 swimmers
1997 - 7,774 swimmers
1998 - 9,600 swimmers
1999 - 10,045 swimmers
2000 - 10,045 swimmers
2001 - 12,214 swimmers
2002 - 13,218 swimmers
2003 - 16,050 swimmers
2004 - 17,332 swimmers
2005 - 17,087 swimmers
2006 - 16,696 swimmers
2007 - 16,853 swimmers
2008 - 19,013 swimmers
2009 - 17,575 swimmers

2014-2015 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

2015-2016 World Open Water Swimming Series

The Midmar Mile is part of the 2015-2016 World Open Water Swimming Series (WOWSS), a global series of open water swimming competitions. FINIS and Ocean Recovery Alliance present the global open water swimming, a 17-race series spans Africa, North America, South America, Asia and Europe and includes some of the world’s most innovative, enjoyable, beautiful and signature open water swimming competitions.

1. Cold Half Extreme Marathon Swim in Hong Kong. Race director Doug Woodring
2. aQuellé Midmar Mile in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa in February. Race director Wayne Riddin
3. Miami Mile in Miami, Florida, U.S.A. in April. Race director Jonathan Strauss
4. El Cruce in Cancún, Mexico in May. Race director Rafael Hernández
5. Swim Challenge Cascais in Cascais, Portugal. Race director Jorge Paulo Pereira
6. Jax Coco Shek O Challenge in Hong Kong in July. Race director Doug Woodring
7. Henley Mile in Henley-on-the-Thames, United Kingdom in July. Race director Tom Kean
8. Vibes & Scribes Lee Swim in Cork, Ireland in July. Race director Joe Donnelly
9. Hellespont and Dardanelles Swim in Turkey in August. Race director Simon Murie
10. BCT Gdynia Marathon – Open Race in Gdynia, Poland in August. Race director Tomasz Pąchalski
11. Waikiki Roughwater Swim in Oahu, Hawaii in September. Race director Kaia Hedlund
12. International Masters Open Water Swim in Shizuoka, Japan in September. Race director Yutaka Shinozaki
13. Cruce Aguas Abiertas Golfo Dulce in Costa Rica in September. Race director Joe Bernini
14. Swim The Island in Italy in October. Race director Matteo Testa
15. The Five in Hong Kong in October. Race director Doug Woodring
16. King and Queen of the Sea in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in December. Race director Pedro Rego Monteiro
17. Stroke for Egypt in the Red Sea, Egypt in December. Race coordinator Mohamed Marouf

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