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Huge Prize for Schools at historic Nelson Mandela Bay River Mile

Feb 10, 2020
Huge Prize for Schools at historic Nelson Mandela Bay River Mile

Port Elizabeth - The 96th Nelson Mandela Bay River Mile - the oldest swimming event in Africa - is set to take centre stage of the Nelson Mandela Bay swimming scene later this month. 

Hosted at the scenic Sundays River on 22nd and 23rd February the event will highlight everything good about Nelson Mandela Bay - food, crafts, sport and community family involvement. 

"There will be no less than 7 events to choose from including four Mile swim disciplines, the Gravity Kids Across the River races and the Vodacom 5km Family Fun Run. Added to these events, there will be a variety of arts and crafts, food vendors and a Bridge Street Brewery Beer Garden." said Zsports Events NPC Marketing Manager Niel Du Preez.

"There will also be a large screen showcasing the results , our event sponsors and any other company wishing to advertise over the weekend."

Once again the event will be giving away R10 000 to the school with the most entries over the weekend.  Last year Collegiate Girls High won this incentive with 26 entrants.  

Other than the schools competition, which is a great opportunity for a club or sporting program to raise money, there will be plenty of promotional and lucky draw prizes on offer. The River Mile festival area also offers the perfect opportunity for the entire family to come out and enjoy the beautiful and vibrant setting. 

The 2020 event will get underway with one eye on the 100th edition taking place in 2024. Saturday morning will see a 9am start with the Vodacom 5km Family Fun Run followed by a local inter-schools events morning for 4 of the local schools.

Thereafter the BluSmooth Wetsuit Mile will take place at 2pm followed by the Family Half Mile at 3pm and a great lucky draw prizes giving ceremony on the Vodacom stage.

Sunday morning sees the Gravity Kids Across the River races for children 12 years and under starting at 11h00 and sponsored by Gravity Indoor Trampoline Park The Oracle Media Disabled Mile kicks off at 12h00 followed by the iconic Ladies and Men’s Mile at 1.30pm and 2.30pm respectively. 

All festival and event related information can be found on the Zsports Events NPC website, www.zsports.co.za. Schools interested in qualifying for the most entry incentive can contact the Zsports office on (041)484-7860. 

Image: Fun for the whole family is guaranteed at the 96th Nelson Mandela Bay River Mile on Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd February on the Sunday's River.

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