The aQuellé River Mile

Event Information

Bring the family and come and join in the fun and excitement of 101st River Mile - a festival of sporting activities taking place at Sunday's River.

Spectators entry into the FESTIVAL AREA will be R30 per person (participants entry fee included in their race entry).

Click ENTER NOW button above for a list of events and entry fees.

(in Festival Area)

is available at just R80

(see Merchandising or on your entry page)

Please ensure you select the correct day parking is required.

Event Early Bird (till 30th November) Normal Entry (1st Dec - 12th Jan) Late Entry (13th - 24th Jan) At the event
aQuellé Men's / Ladies Mile tbc tbc tbc tbc
PW Harvey Wetsuit Mile / Disabled Mile tbc tbc tbc tbc
Family Half Mile tbc tbc tbc tbc
Kids Across the River (12u only) tbc tbc tbc tbc
5km Fun Run/Walk tbc tbc tbc tbc

* Entry fees include SANParks levy which could be anything between R95 - R160 per person. 

2025 Events Program (provisional)

Saturday 25th January 2025

  • 07h30   Gates open
  • 06h00 - 15h00 Luister FM LIVE
  • 08h00   Colchester Sports Day (5km, Netball, Soccer)
  • 09h00   5km Family Fun Run / Walk (with Colchester Sports Day 5km)
  • 13h00   Prize giving for the Run, Soccer & Netball
  • 14h00   Wetsuit Mile
  • 14h00   Disabled Mile
  • 14h00   Family Half-Mile Swim (floats, tubes etc permitted - a FUN, FAMILY swim)
  • 15h15   Prize Giving for Swim Events
  • 15h30   Live Music on the Stage for the afternoon

Sunday 26th January 2025

  • 08h00   Gates open
  • From 10h45   The Kids Across the River Race (6u / 8u / 10u / 12u)
  • 12h00   Prize-giving for The Kids Races
  • 13h30   The aQuellé Men's River Mile
  • 14h30   The aQuellé Ladies River Mile
  • 15h45   Prize giving for The Mile events

Festival Gate Entry fee (R30 before 2pm) is included in your race entry fee if event wrist band worn on arrival.



Normal Entry online registration will officially close at midnight on Sunday 12th January - Late entries may be accepted during the last week subject to a late entry penalty of R100 whilst any entries received on the day of the event will carry a late manual entry penalty fee of R150.

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



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



Being tidal, exact times are deemed irrelevant so time is not taken as you cross the finish line - your position is what is most important. 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.



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 (30-50m). 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).

All Kids online entries will receive one of our LIMITED edition Silicone Swim Caps valued at R80.

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