Don’t miss out on this year’s Midmar Mile. Whether you are watching a loved one compete or you just want to be part of the action, attending the event is a fun day out. Both swimmers and spectators will need to find accommodation in Pietermaritzburg, Howick or the surrounding areas. You can combine your trip to the Midmar Mile with visits to local attractions such as the Midlands Meander. Remember, if you are attending this year’s event, to browse Junk Mail to find stunning Pietermaritzburg and Howick Accommodation options.
What is the Midmar Mile?
Every year swimmers from across South Africa meet to compete in the Midmar Mile. This much anticipated annual race takes place at Midmar Dam which is a short drive to the north of Pietermaritzburg. Thousands of competitors enter the race.
The event is attended by both recreational swimmers and top performing athletes. Spectators can expect to see international athletes swimming in this event.
This swimming event was awarded the Guinness Book of World Records title for being the largest open water swimming event in 2009. There were 13 755 swimmers in the 2009 race. The event itself acquired its name from its location as well as the distance that the competitors have to complete.
While the distance is typically 1.6 kms, the distance changes according to rainfall levels. If there has been low levels of rainfall, competitors have to run across mud before the water becomes deep enough to start swimming.
To accommodate the high amount of entrants eight different races are held. In addition to holding separate races the swimmers are also divided into five groups with separate starting times within each race. The groups are determined by each competitor’s time during the qualifying event.
The Midmar Mile takes over two days in February. The Midmar mile 2016 is scheduled to take place on 13th and 14th February.
What you can expect at the Midmar Mile 2016
With a variety of races there are events to suit swimmers with a wide range of capabilities. On the 13th of February a family relay and company relay will take place.
The company team must consist of swimmers who are full-time employees of the same company. Family teams must be made up of immediate family members who have a direct link to each other.
On Sunday 14th February races will take place according to different age groups. On Monday 15th February races will be held according to distances which include a 5km, 7.5 km and 10 km race.
Entry fees range from R150 to R300 per competitor. Swimmers who are unable to swim 1600 metres in less than 50 minutes are discouraged from entering this race.
Howick and Pietermaritzburg Accommodation
Whether you are competing in the Midmar Mile or you plan to attend as a spectator you will need to find Howick accommodation or accommodation in Pietermaritzburg. Take a look at your Midmar dam accommodation options to get an idea of what is available.
Town Bush Backpackers
Pietermaritzburg accommodation includes the Town/bush backpackers. If you are looking for cheap accommodation, then this is a great choice. You can book a bed for R150. The 6 bedroom property is furnished. From the backpackers you will have easy access to Liberty Mall and Cascades Mall.
Another exciting attraction that is nearby, is the MTB World Cup Track. The town centre is in walking distance of the property. Guests can make use of the laundry service and home gym. Wifi and DSTV are also available.
Waterwoods is a 30 minute drive from Howick. This establishment offers guests comfortable accommodation in a tranquil setting. The 75ha farm allows guests to enjoy the beautiful country side.
Situated on the Midlands Meander, guests can enjoy shopping at farm stores or enjoying delicious food at a local restaurant. Guests can enjoy walks and bird watching in the surrounding forests. The property features seven fully equipped self-catering cottages.
People travel from across South Africa to attend the Midmar Mile, so make sure that you book accommodation in Pietermaritzburg or nearby areas prior to your arrival. Previous events have attracted large crowds and this year an impressive turn out is also expected. Be part of the action and head to the Midmar Mile 2016 event. Renting out your accommodation? Place your FREE AD on Junk Mail now!