2019 Cape Mile’s swansong

Seen here:  A swimmer exits the water after completing the 2019 Cape Mile. 

Photo Credit:  Tobias Ginsberg

After five action packed years of racing, the organisers of the Western Cape’s most popular open water swim, the Cape Mile, have announced that the event will not continue in 2020.

“For the past five years the Cape Mile was ‘the open water swim to do’ in the Western Cape,” says Michael Meyer, Managing Director Stillwater Sports. “Entry totals climbed each year, with a strong field of SA’s elite swimmers vying for the top spot on the podium and their share in an impressive prize purse.  Spectators, families and friends were treated to nail biting racing which often ended in a sprint finish.   The festival village buzzed with excitement with live entertainment and lots to eat and drink.  These offerings (and more) were made possible through the valued sponsorship of Sanlam, the title sponsor of the Cape Mile since its inception in 2015.”

“After five memorable years, Sanlam has announced that the group will not be renewing its sponsorship agreement with the Cape Mile in 2020,” continues Meyer.   “Unfortunately hosting an event of this magnitude is not sustainable without a title sponsor.  Rather than compromising its reputation, it has been decided that the Cape Mile will not continue in 2020, making 2019 the event’s swansong.  Although saddened by the decision, we are thankful to Sanlam for their valued support over the last five years.  We are also thankful to each and every swimmer for his/her contribution.  We know that the Cape Mile will not be forgotten.”

For further information on Stillwater Sports and its events visit:  www.stillwatersports.com

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