Redhouse River Mile Moves to Sundays River The
2010 SPAR Redhouse River Mile, Africa’s oldest open water swimming
event, which is taking place over the weekend of 27/28 February is
being moved from Redhouse on the Zwartkops River, to Cannonville on the
Sundays River due to dangerously high levels of pollution
in the Swartkops River.

“The decision to move the event was not something which we’ve taken
lightly but the health and well being of our participants is
paramount,” says race organiser, Mike Zoetmulder of Zports in Port
Elizabeth. “Following numerous meetings with regards to the water
quality, the Municipality advised us in writing on Monday (26th
January) that they are unable to guarantee the quality in the Swartkops
River and would not support the event at the present venue.”

Started in 1924, the event is celebrating its 86th anniversary and
organisers, Zports, have indicated that the change in venue will not
affect their ability to host another world class event, with the 2010
event carrying the highest prize money ever for the River Mile.

Over R26,000 in cash will be up for grabs over the weekend as well as
medals, free hydration drinks and lucky draw prizes which include 4
Vuka Scuta motor bikes.

South African Olympian Chad Ho has confirmed that he will
be coming to
defend the title he won last year but is expecting strong local
competition from Axxess DSL Ocean Racing Series leaders Frank Greeff
and Chris van de Sande. Ladies
defending champion, Dominique Dryding,
from the Western Cape has also confirmed that she will be at the River
Mile at the end of Febuary.

The program of events scheduled for Sunday’s River will kick off on
Saturday morning with the Discovery off-roader, an off-road triathlon
style event which has been established to raise funds for various
projects run by the Rotary Club of Port Elizabeth Sunrise. Visitors to
the event will be entertained in the Castle Lite Beer Garden and many
vendors will be at the event to supply eats.

Sunday’s program kicks off at 12 noon with the Nando’s kids preliminary
10 and under and 12 and under swim races across the river. This will be
followed by a celebrity Swim Challenge where the winner will get R1000
cash to donate to a charity of their choice, the Ladies Mile will be at
13h30 and the finale, the Men’s Mile starts at 14h30.

Entry forms can be obtained from all Eastern Cape SPAR outlets and all
leading sports stores. Completed entry forms can be handed in at Zports
, News Cafe (Boardwalk), Triangle Sports, Brian Bands Sports (PE)
or Brockett Sports (Uitenhage). All
participants entering the Redhouse River Mile online will
qualify for a free Redhouse River Mile T-shirt when entering and paying
before the 3rd February.

Late entries will be accepted at race registration on Saturday 27th,
with a late entry fee being charged. A double late entry fee will apply
for entries taken on race day.

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