Nelson Mandela Bay’s historic River Mile event will be undergoing some significant changes next year in the build up to the event’s centenary celebrations in 2024.
The Metro hosts one of the world’s oldest open water swimming event which was established in Redhouse in 1924 as a means for the local swimming club to attract swimmers from ‘town’. Now in its 94th year, the River Mile festival will undergo change as the organisers shake things up and start to build on the events popularity in the build up to its 100th race.
The River Mile was forced to move from Redhouse in 2010 due to deteriorating water quality of the Swartkops River and currently takes place at the tranquil village of Cannonville on the Sundays River which offers an ideal festival area at the well maintained slipway area. Since the move the number of participants over the years has increased significantly.
“The heritage of this event is paramount to us and we are embracing the opportunity for change to boost the popularity and stature of the event in South Africa,” said River Mile organiser Michael Zoetmulder of Zsports Events NPC.
“The City hosts one of the oldest swimming events in the World and this is something we’d like to see the region capitalise on to help boost sports tourism as open water swimming is such a fast growing sport at the moment.”
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