The Midmar Mile Is A Marathon

The Midmar Mile Is A Marathon

The aQuellé Midmar Mile in South Africa is coming up. The world’s largest open water swimming race is an extravaganza like no other.

But, it was not always that way. It was a long road to its current success, building the race year after year.

Its race staff and volunteers worked hard and strategically to attract swimmers of all ages, abilities and backgrounds. Below is its year-by-year evolution of the 1.6K event.

From Olympians and medalists to world champions and world record holders, the Midmar Mile attracts celebrities and celebrity swimmers year in and year out.

This year, Olympic Marathon Swimming 10km gold medal favorite Keri-Anne Payne will be back to defend her title and famed stage swimmer Martin Strel will share his experiences with others in the race across the Midmar Reservoir.

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

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