Sanlam Cape Mile brought to you by Sanlam Investments

The Western Cape’s most exhilarating open water swim, the Sanlam Cape Mile brought to you by Sanlam Investments takes place annually at the Grabouw Country Club’s Eikenhof Dam and boasts two exciting distances:  a 1 mile (1.6km) and a refreshing 500m swim. 

Exciting categories that can be entered include:  1 x mile, 5 x mile, 500m or a 500m team relay (consisting of a 4 member team with each team member swimming 500m).  The inaugural Sanlam Cape Mile was held in 2015 and was a resounding success with the event growing from strength to strength each year.  We look forward to welcoming all swimmers to the water’s edge of the Eikenhof Dam for a memorable swimming experience like no other.

You can now also swim for charity!

  1. Register here (click on start fundraising)
  2. Choose your charity
  3. Lets the funds roll in!

For detailed instructions click here.

Event Time Age Groups
5km Stand up paddle board race TBC 7:45 Open Category

 

1 Mile

Wave 1

 

08:30 Male and Female U/13

Male & Female 51-60years

Male & Female 60+ years

Charity Mile Swimmers

1 Mile

Wave 2

09:15 Male & Female 41-50 years

Charity Mile Swimmers

1 Mile

Wave 3

10:00 Male & Female 31-40years

Charity Mile Swimmers

1 Mile

Wave 4

10:45 Male & Female: Elite

Charity Mile Swimmers (swim just after elite swimmers have left).

1 Mile

Wave 5

11:30 Male & Female 14-30 years

Charity Mile Swimmers

500m 12:15

 

 

Male & Female: U/13

Male & Female: Open

 

Band Starts Playing 12:30-13:00 TBC
500m 12:45 Parents and Kids (Male and Female Open and U/13
Prize Giving – Elites 13:00 Pro’s Top 5 Males & Female
Band Continues set 13:15-13:45 TBC
4 x 500m Relay 13:25 Corporate, family, schools, clubs & open.
Prize giving – Relay 14:10 Relay Prize giving top 3 teams and School with Most swimmers

Please note the race starts at 8:30am and will go off in waves
Open Water Swimming Guidelines

Appendix A – Provides guidance to Event Officials on the interpretation and manner of execution of the Event Rules. Download here

Appendix B – FINA and SSA rules concerning Venue, Start, Race, and Team events. Download here

Appendix C – Provides guidance on open water swimming medical issues. Download here

EVENT WATER USAGE

Initiatives taken by Sanlam Cape Mile brought to you by Sanlam Investments to ensure we do not make use of Municipal drinking water from the city grid:

With the severe drought in the Western Cape and strict water restrictions in place we as an event endeavours to stick to the quantity of water allowed per individual per day.

At the 2019 Sanlam Cape Mile we aim to be water wise and limit the use and wastage of water at the event and have put the following in place.

Each entrant, spectator and support staff will have to bring their own water bottles filled with water. No free running water will be available at the venue to fill up water bottles.

Ensure you have water available for yourself post the event. 500ml water will be on sale at the bar.

All refreshment points on route will be stocked with coke and water sourced from an alternative source and not taken from the municipal drinking water.

No showers will be available.

Being water wise includes:

The Sanlam Cape Mile, Grabouw is hosted outside of the city on privately owned land.

The limited water at the venue is sourced locally and off the municipal grid

All our suppliers/ sub-contractors will be briefed about our initiatives and will have to comply with our water policy and strictly adhere to not using municipal drinking water.

Sanlam Cape Mile makes use of Sale’s Hire as our service provider for portable toilets. All water used in the toilets is grey water and will be disposed of in a responsible manner by the service provider.

Waterless hand sanitisers will be available for all to use at race-pack collection.

We will educate both participants and spectators regarding our initiatives towards saving water.

ROUTE DESCRIPTIONS

Sanlam Cape Mile Relay Team Event

Distance: 500m x 4 People

In 2018 this exciting category was introduced to the Sanlam Cape Mile. A team of four people can enter the relay category. We encourage families, friends, schools, clubs and corporate teams to enter. The relay consist of a team of 4 swimmers each swimming a lap of 500m. The start and finish area points of the relay will take place at the race village finish area on the left hand side of the dam.(Out and back swim).

Sanlam Cape Mile Individual Swim

Distance:  1.6km

Dependant on the dam water levels (to be determined closer to the time) there are two possible routes; a single lap route, and a two lap route.

Option 1 (Two Lap Route):
The start will be located on the right hand side of the Grabouw Country Club on the Eikenhof Dam. Four buoys will demarcate the route which is set to finish on the left hand side of the Grabouw Country Club. The course will be supported by canoeists with medical staff at hand.

Option 2 (Single Lap Route):
The start and finish areas are in the same location, to the left hand side of the Grabouw Country Club on the Eikenhof Dam. Four to five buoys will demarcate the route, which will be supported by canoeists with medical staff at hand.

Sanlam Cape Mile 500m Swim

Distance:  500m

The start will be located on the right hand side of the Grabouw Country Club on the Eikenhof Dam. Four buoys will demarcate the route which is set to finish on the left hand side of the Grabouw Country Club. The course will be supported by canoeists with medical staff at hand.

 

Sanlam 5 x Mile Charity Individual Swim

Do you have what it takes to swim the Sanlam Cape Mile five times? Enter the 5 x Mile Swim and prove to yourself that you are capable of taking on the challenge! 5 x Mile swimmers  will receive a unique cap.

Wave 1: 8:30

Wave 2: 9:15

Wave 3: 10:00

Wave 4: 10:45

Wave 5: 11:30

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