Events in KZN – February 2011

The Midmar Mile: This event is held at the Midmar dam which is located North of Pietermaritzburg on the 12th and 13th of February 2011. The Midmar Mile is the world’s largest open water swimming event. The event draws thousands of competitors each year, from serious international athletes to Olympic medallists to recreational swimmers. The distance covered is always a mile, but depending on rainfall and the water levels in the dam, the distance swum varies from year to year. In years with poor rainfall competitors are subject to the infamous Midmar sprint start (a bedlam of bodies sprinting across the muddy lake-shore and through the shallows until the water is deep enough to swim). The swimmers swim out in several groups at 2-minute intervals in 8 batches over 2 days in order to accommodate the thousands of competitors. The group division is based on a qualifying time in a previous event, the fastest group leaves first. For more information visit http://www.midmarmile.co.za/

The Dusi Canoe Marathon: This event is held between the 17th and 19th of February 2011. The Dusi Canoe Marathon is an annual canoe / kayak race between Pietermaritzburg and Durban. The first Dusi Canoe Marathon was held in 1951. The Dusi is run along the Msunduzi River (more commonly referred to as the Dusi / or Duzi river. For more information visit http://www.dusi.org.za/

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