Sanlam Cape Mile attracts SA’s cream of the crop

Michelle Weber in action at the 2018 Sanlam Cape Mile brought to you by Sanlam Investments.  Photo Credit:  Tobias Ginsberg

Michelle Weber in action at the 2018 Sanlam Cape Mile brought to you by Sanlam Investments. Photo Credit: Tobias Ginsberg

Reigning champions Chad Ho (Morningside, Durban) and Michelle Weber (Franschhoek) together with Danie Marais (Clifton) will lead the charge at the 5thannual Sanlam Cape Mile brought to you by Sanlam Investments at the Eikenhof Dam (Elgin Grabouw Country Club) on Sunday, 17 February 2019.


In 2017 Ho secured his first Sanlam Cape Mile title in an impressive time of 17 minutes 48 seconds.  In 2018 he successfully defended his title crossing the finish line first in 19 minutes 08 seconds.


“The Sanlam Cape Mile is an awesome event,” says Ho.  “The setting is beautiful and the atmosphere is fun.  I really enjoy seeing people take part in open water swimming, no matter what their level of expertise.  The 2019 prize purse is fantastic.  There is no other swim in South Africa that has such a great prize purse or incentive to swim. It definitely draws both elites and aspiring open water swimmers. We are all going for the same goal which will only grow the competition.  The event caters for all levels of swimming from open water newcomers to that of the masters, triathletes and elites.”


Ho will face tough competition from Danie Marais. Marais claimed gold at the inaugural Sanlam Cape Mile in 2015 in a lightning fast time of 17 minutes 41 seconds. According to Marais, the Sanlam Cape Mile is one of the best organized swimming events in South Africa.  “The event is professionally organized and has an amazing atmosphere,” says Marais.  “My 2019 goal is to win the Sanlam Cape Mile for the second time. Every single person in the water during the Elite Race is considered to be competition.  The impressive prize purse means a lot to elite swimmers.  A lot of effort is put into training to succeed.  It also encourages healthy competition, in so doing helping the sport to grow.” 


Weber holds the record of the most victories at the Sanlam Cape Mile having claimed victory three out of four times (2015, 2016 and 2018) in the women’s Elite Race.


“I always keep my calendar open for the Sanlam Cape Mile,” says Weber.  “It’s the largest open water event in the Western Cape. It is extremely well organized, it’s well supported and it features an elite race.   Winning for the third time last year was overwhelming.  The event attracts a lot of entries and has a separate event for the Elites, making the win extra special.  My goal for 2019 is definitely to win.  The 2019 event also boasts an impressive prize purse that is sure to result in a lot of competition, giving spectators an interesting race to watch.” 


The 2019 Sanlam Cape Mile Elite Race will start at 10:45. Be sure to arrive early for a front row seat to the action!


EVENT INFORMATION:  Sanlam Cape Mile brought to you by Sanlam Investments


Celebrating its 5thanniversary at the Eikenhof Dam (Elgin-Grabouw Country Club, Western Cape) on Sunday, 17 February 2019, the Western Cape’s premier open water swim, the Sanlam Cape Mile brought to you by Sanlam Investments will boast two exciting distances:  a 1 mile (1.6km) and a refreshing 500m swim.


Date: Sunday, 17 February 2019
Venue:  Eikenhof Dam (Elgin-Grabouw Country Club, Western Cape)
Events: 1 mile / 5x 1 mile / 500m individual / 500m team relay (4 members per team)
Categories & Entry Fees: 1x mile / R200.00

5x mile / R600.00

500m / R100.00

500m team relay (4 member team) / R400.00 (R100.00 per swimmer)

Start Times: 08:30 – 1 mile

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

5x 1 mile – Charity Mile Swim

  09:151 mile

Male & Female 41-50 years

5x 1 mile – Charity Mile Swim

  10:00 – 1 mile

Male & Female 31-40years

5x 1 mile – Charity Mile Swim

  10:45 – 1 mile

Male & Female: Elite

5x 1 mile – Charity Mile Swim

  11:30 – 1 mile

Male & Female 14-30 years

5x 1 mile – Charity Mile Swim

  12:15 – 500m

Male & Female:  U/13

Male & Female:  Open

  12:45 500m:

Parents and Children

  13:25 – 4 x 500m Team Relay


The first 2 000 swimmers(entered and paid) will receive a technical event t-shirt, while all swimmerswill receive a branded swimming mesh bag and finisher Medal.


Entrants and spectators can enjoy a hot Rialto coffeebefore, during and after the action.  Finishers can look forward to an ice cold Coca Colawhen they cross the finish line, while Spurwill ensure that nobody goes home hungry. All entrants stand a chance to win spectacular prizes during prize giving complements of the event’s swimwear apparel partner, Funkita/ Funky Trucks.


Live Entertainment:    Entrants and spectators will be treated to sweet sounds compliments of prominent South African pop band, the Stone Jets.  “The Sanlam Cape Mile will be our first open water swim,” admits Given Nkanyane (vocals and bass).  “It never ceases to amaze us where music seems to fit in.  We cannot wait.  We look forward to seeing people conquer both their mental and physical fears.  Hopefully our music will help them acknowledge and celebrate their victories. Swimmers can expect a swell of sweet sounds and songs of strength and success.”


Twitter:  @CapeMile

Facebook page:  Cape Mile

Instagram:  cape_mile


The Sanlam Cape Mile brought to you by Sanlam Investmentsis the perfect warm-up swim for the largest XTERRA in the world, XTERRA Grabouwwhich will take place at the same venue the following weekend (Saturday, 23 and Sunday, 24 February 2019).


For more information or to enter the Sanlam Cape Mile please visit, contact Stillwater Sports on 082 991 0045 or email




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