Dip in to the KFC Merrifield Mile

Swimmers and spectators can look forward to fun in the water at Wriggleswade Dam on February 17 for the 17th edition of the annual Merrifield Mile, the biggest open water swimming event in the Border region.

The KFC Merrifield Mile is a marketing event for Merrifield Prep School and College which celebrates its 22nd year of existence in 2019.

“This year, KFC have come on board as the main sponsor as it continues to grow in stature and prestige.

“I am very proud of Merrifield School, to be able to host an event of this nature. The Mile has grown from a vision 17 years ago to an event of +- 1,000 swimmers and 4,000 spectators,” Merrifield Mile event organiser Tracey Mangold said.

“Our dream to grow the Mile has been made possible by the support from our team of sponsors and the involvement of the Border community.”

The KFC Merrifield Mile is made up of four events: the flagship 1.6km swim, the 500m Dash, a 250m race and a fun “splash” for children under the age of 8.

Other sponsors include Eco-Tanks, Stone Towers, SUP South Africa Aztron, Dennis Collins Jewellers, Nutriwell, Dynamic EMS, Kat Leisure, Rance Timbers, the Stutt Group, Let’s Travel, Vincent Park, Terraforce EC, Visual Advertising and Border Internet.

It is always a great day out for the whole family on the banks of the beautiful Wriggleswade Dam, and this year looks set to be more festive than ever.

“We have food stalls galore, kiddies entertainment, music along the banks, camping facilities for those wanting to make a weekend of it, and fantastic prizes to be won,” Mangold said.

Bring family, friends, goggles, a costume and sunscreen and take part in the region’s premier long distance swimming extravaganza, proudly organised and hosted by Merrifield Prep School and College. For more information, visit www.merrifieldmile.co.za or call the school on 043-748-6094

-Taralyn McLean

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