The River Mile

Event Information

Bring the family and come and join in the fun and excitement of The River Mile - a festival of sporting activities taking place at Sunday's River.

Events Program

Sunday 18th February 2018

  • 07h00   Gates open
  • 08h00   The Wimpy 5km Family Fun Run
  • 09h00   About IT MTB Triathlons (Long & Short Course)
  • 10h00   Prize giving for the 5km Family Run
  • 11h00   Kids Across the River Race (6u)
  • 11h20   Kids Across the River Race (8u)
  • 11h35   Kids Across the River Race (10u)
  • 11h45   Kids Across the River Race ('Special Needs')
  • 12h00   Kids Across the River Race (12u)
  • 12h15   Prize-giving for Kids Races
  • 12h30   The Blu_Smooth Wetsuit River Mile
  • 12h30   Oracle Media Disabled Mile
  • 13h30   The Ladies River Mile
  • 14h30   The Men's River Mile
  • 15h30   Prize giving for About IT Triathlon & The Mile events

 Festival Entry fee included in your race entry fee if event wrist band worn on arrival.



Online registration will officially close at midnight on Saturday 17th February - however, please note that the EFT payment option closes at midnight on Thursday 15th February to ensure payment clears in time.

Space permitting, late entries may be accepted at event from 7am on Sunday 18th February together with a R50 late entry fee. Late Entries will close 30 minutes before the event in question.

We encourage all participants to pre-register in order to avoid the late entry charges.



This year we are offering the following discount packages;


Got two or more kids and keen to take part? We're offering a family discount for immediate family members who are all still staying together. Enter as many events as your family would like to and you'll only pay for the 3 most expensive entries. Use EFT checkout option and send us your POP for the discounted amount so that we know to pass the discount.


There is a Group Package available to those taking part in the Men's or Ladies Mile in groups of 10 or more people. Select the Group Entry option.


If you wish to take part in either the 5km Fun Run or the Triathlon Events and also wish to do the Mile Swim in the afternoon, then we have a Combination package available for you offering a discount.



All swim events swum with incoming tide - Medal for all finishers (45min time limit for Mile). 



The About IT MTB triathlon is BACK at the River Mile with an exciting fun short and long course option.
Long Course = 500m Swim / 42km MTB Cycle / 10km Run (min age 18 yrs)
Short Course = 250m Swim / 20km MTB Cycle / 5k Run (min age 15 yrs)

Team options also available for the above events. Swim is with the flowing current.

We will ensure a security officer remains in the transition area from 8am - 4pm to watch over your MTB so that participants can leave their MTB in transition rather than in your car after the event. If you plan to leave your MTB in the transition area, please ensure that you collect a duplicate wristband tag from us which will be placed on the MTB and only with a matching band will security release the MTB.

The run is mostly tar road (two laps for the long course) and the MTB is a mixture of tar and gravel. Short course MTB is 50% tar road so ideal for the beginners whilst the Long Course has 33km on gravel farm road with some nice 7km climb in the middle.

Compulsory race briefing at transition area at 08h30 ahead of the walk to the swim start.



If you wish to have your time and position recorded for any of the events, you will be required to purchase a MOBII Timing Chip. 

Being tidal, exact times are deemed irrelevant so time is not taken as you cross the finish line. Whilst times will be provided in results, these are not reflective of when swimmers cross the finish line but when they come past the timing station towards the end of the finish shute.

The timing chips are available from the website at check-out at just R30. If you believe this is the only Zsports event you will be taking part in this year and don't have a need for the Mobii Timing chip after the River Mile then you are welcome to return same to our Merchandising / Info kiosk in the same condition that you received it and we will refund your money.

NO TIMING CHIPS NEEDED for the Kids Across the River Races.



Please advise so that we can assist you on the day with reserved parking. Disabled swimmers may ONLY take part in the Disabled Mile swim and will be ferried to the start of the race by boat.



These races are ONLY for children 12 years and under who are NOT DOING the Mile. A fun swim across the river (50-60m). Kids who aren't able to swim unassisted MUST be assisted by a self-appointed parent/adult. Kids may use floating devices but with such aides may not be placed in the top 3 positions and claim any podium prizes. The Children are ferried across the river to the start by the Sunday's River Ferry (parents / guardians are required to swim across).


Festival SponsorsCerebos Caltex Eastern Cape aQuellé Oracle Media

Hosted in Nelson Mandela Bay this is Africa's oldest open water swimming event - established in 1924.

Event SponsorsBlu Smooth About IT
Support SponsorsRadio 2 Radio Communications Recycle Yourself Dynamic Express Services