Early Entry Deadline for 2015 Midmar Mile Extended


The early entry deadline for the 2015 aQuellé Midmar Mile has been extended until midnight on Friday, 19 December. After that date, competitors will have to pay a little more to take part in the world’s largest open water swimming event.

Entries currently cost R180, but that amount will increase to R210 on Saturday, 20 December. The entries will then close on 19 January, excepting for swimmers wishing to enter at the official registration, which runs from 4 to -6 February at Pietermaritzburg Seals Swimming Club, and at the Midmar Dam for the aQuellé Midmar Mile on 7 and 8 February.

For safety reasons, all entrants will be required to submit qualifying times. This will ensure that they are placed in the correct batches, which will enable more effective monitoring of the swimmers.

Qualifying times may be recorded at open water swimming events or in swimming pools at schools or gyms over a distance of 1 000 metres. All swimmers are urged to be honest about their qualifying times because the safety of competitors is the organisers’ primary concern.

Novices will be able to enter the Midmar Mile without a qualifying time. They will, however, be required to purchase a Safer Swimmer safety device at the cost price of R100.

Swimmers who are registered but have not swum qualifying times will not be required to purchase the Safer Swimmer.

Event organiser Wayne Riddin said the N3 Toll Concession (N3TC) Chill Zone has been introduced to further enhance the safety measures at the Midmar Mile. Located at the finish, it will be responsible for assessing the condition of every swimmer removed from the water by the Water Safety Committee.

Among the stars who have already confirmed their participation are two-time defending women’s champion Ashley Twichell of the USA and seven-time winner Keri-Anne Payne of Great Britain.

Payne’s former coach Sean Kelly will be bringing along some rising stars from the powerful Stockport Metro Swimming Club, while Fern Davies, the winner of the Henley Mile, has confirmed her entry.

Slovenian star Rok Kerin, who finished seventh in the 2011 Midmar Mile, returns to the event to try to end South African star Chad Ho’s dominance at five victories in succession.

The 2015 aQuellé Midmar Mile takes place at the Midmar Dam, just outside of Howick in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands, on 7 and 8 February. More information can be found at

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