With the 40th edition of the aQuelle Midmar Mile, the world’s largest open water swimming event, just a month away anticipation is rapidly building with the help of seeding events hosted by Time Freight. The next three weekends will each see swimming events hosted around the county offering swimmers the chance to secure themselves a seeding for the 9-10 February main event.
The first of the three remaining Time Freight seeding swims, this weekend’s Time Freight Kovsie Challenge (Saturday 12 January 2013), will take place at the picturesque Maselspoort Dam, situated 23km outside of Bloemfontein, giving swimmers in the Free State a chance to secure a seeded entry in to the Midmar Mile. Gauteng swimmers can pre-qualify for the Midmar Mile at the either the Pastel Ebotse Swim Challenge at the Rynfield Dam (12-13 January 2013) or at the Time Freight Lake Heritage Water Festival at Heia Safari Ranch in Muldersdrift on 19-20 January 2013.
Midmar Mile race organiser Wayne Riddin said that “these seeding events contribute significantly to the main event, they encourage swimmers to start swimming earlier in the season and build up their fitness, as well as allowing us as organisers to rank everyone when we come to seed them into the five batches per race, which makes it a safer event for all competitors. Hosting seeding events is both costly and time-consuming, and as such we are incredibly grateful to Time Freight for throwing their full support behind our seeding events. Their contribution will most certainly be a major contributing factor to what is sure to be anothersuccessful Midmar Mile”.
Riddin also said that “in order to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Midmar Mile, we will be providing all finishers with a special edition medal and swim cap. Although the event is already recognised as the world’s largest open water swimming event, we are hoping to break our official World Guinness Book of Records mark of 13 755 finishers, so another added incentive for all competitors will be the chance to have a hand in setting a new world record!”