Ho ready for title defense at Sanlam Cape Mile

Seen here:  Chad Ho claims gold at the 2017 Sanlam Cape Mile brought to you by Sanlam Investments.  Photo Credit:  Tobias Ginsberg

Considered one of the fastest professional open water swimmers in the world, Chad Ho is hoping for a successful title defense on Sunday, 18 February 2018 when he takes on the 4th annual Sanlam Cape Mile brought to you by Sanlam Investments at the picturesque Eikenhof Dam (Elgin, Grabouw).

Ho’s 3rd attempt at the Sanlam Cape Mile saw him clinch gold in a lightning fast time of 17 minutes 48 seconds in 2017.  “I enjoy open water swimming because it is a mysterious sport,” says Ho.  “I love that it is unpredictable.  Not knowing what the outcome will be gives me an extra adrenaline rush.  The Sanlam Cape Mile is held in a very beautiful part of Cape Town.   I was thrilled with my performance in 2017.  I finally managed to win.   I am hoping to repeat my performance in 2018. I don’t go into races with a strategy in mind.   I will just remain focused on my stroke, my sighting and my capabilities on the day.”

Ho will face tough competition from 2016 Sanlam Cape Mile winner, Myles Brown.  Brown placed 4th at the Sanlam Cape Mile in 2017.  “I was a little disappointed with my performance in 2017,” admits Brown.  “I struggled with the conditions, but still had a great time.   My strategy for race day is to stick to my strengths.   The Eikenhof Dam is an iconic venue that sets the scene for an amazing, fun filled family day.”

For the first time since the event’s inception, Danie Marais will not be toeing the line with Ho and Brown at the Sanlam Cape Mile.  “I broke my collar bone while surfing,” says Marais.  “I am really devastated that I won’t be competing this year.  I’ve been training really hard for the 2018 race.  My heart was set on claiming gold this year.  I will definitely be back next year for the win.”

Michelle Weber will be leading the field in the women’s elite race.  Weber claimed gold at the Sanlam Cape Mile in 2015 and 2016.  In 2017 she had to settle for second place behind Ashley Twitchell.

“This will be the 4th time that I compete in the Sanlam Cape Mile,” says Weber.  “I enjoy the event because it has an awesome vibe, great entertainment, prizes, live music and food.   Everything is just great.   My goal is to do the best that I can.  A mile is much shorter than 10km, but I’ve trained hard.  I look forward to seeing where I am at this point of my training.”

EVENT INFORMATIONSanlam Cape Mile brought to you by Sanlam Investments

Date: Sunday, 18 February 2018
Venue:  Eikenhof Dam, Elgin-Grabouw Country Club (Western Cape)
Entry Fee:  R90 / 500m
  R190 / 1 Mile (1.6km)
  R400 per team / 4x 1000m (R100 per swimmer)
  R600 / 5 x Mile swim
Start Times: 08:30

Male and Female U/13
Male & Female 51-60years
Male & Female 60+ years

5x 1 mile – Charity Swim


Male & Female 41-50 years

5x 1 mile – Charity Swim


Male & Female 31-40years

5x 1 mile – Charity Swim


Male & Female: Elite

5x 1 mile – Charity Swim


Male & Female 14-30 years

5x 1 mile – Charity Swim

  12:30 – 500m
  13:15 – 4 x 1000 Team Relay
Online Entries Close: Tuesday, 13 February 2018
Late Entries: Speedo Store, Canal Walk: Friday, 16 February 2018 between 12h00 –


  Grabouw Country Club:  Sunday, 18 February 2018 from 07h00 – 12h30

LIVE ENTERTAINMENT:  The action of the 2018 Sanlam Cape Mile brought to you by Sanlam Investments will be closed off by multi-instrumentalist Folk Rock Duo, Esté and Lourens Rabé of Bottomless Coffee Band.

Twitter:  @CapeMile

Facebook page:  Cape Mile

To have a look at the 2017 highlights videoCLICK HERE  

For more information on the Sanlam Cape Mile please contact Stillwater Sports on 082 991 0045, email entries@stillwatersports.com or visit www.stillwatersports.com


Sanlam is a leading financial services group listed on the JSE Limited and the Namibian Stock Exchange. Established in 1918 as a life insurance company, the South Africa-based Sanlam Group has transformed into a diversified financial services business. Through its four business clusters – Sanlam Personal Finance, Sanlam Emerging Markets, Sanlam Investments and Santam  ̶  the Group provides comprehensive and tailored financial solutions to individual and institutional clients across all market segments.

The Group’s areas of expertise include insurance, financial planning, retirement, trusts, wills, short-term insurance, asset management, risk management and capital market activities, investment and wealth. The Group operates in South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Swaziland, Malawi, Zambia, Tanzania, Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya, Ghana, Nigeria, Mozambique, India, Malaysia and the United Kingdom and has business interests in the USA, Australia and the Philippines. It has a stake in leading global micro-insurance specialists, UK-based Micro-Ensure Holdings Limited, which has a footprint across Africa and India servicing more than 10 million enrolled clients.

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