Monday, March 2, 2009

How Big is Big?

The Midmar Mile in South Africa is a huge open water swimming event. But, it was not always that way. Here is a year-by-year evolution of the growth of the event. In 2004, a record-setting participation of 17,332 swimmers was set. Our congratulations and respect goes out to Wayne Riddin, the race director since 1990, and the race staff.

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

During this year's Halfway Telkom Midmar Mile even a Toyota Yaris T1 was given away (worth R92,700 or US$9,844).

3 comments:

Ahelee said...
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Ahelee said...

17-19,000 swimmers is SO hard even to imagine!
Would love to see some livestream of this event!!

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