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Cape Epic – the tougher the better for endurance athletes

Eight days, 800 kilometres and some seriously steep ravines – this is the Absa Cape Epic, one of the most extreme things a person can do with a bicycle. The hors catégorie event is the most televised mountain bike stage race in the world. Each year a new route is chosen, as difficult and as beautiful as the last.

From Big Five to Little Five

Only the toughest survive the Berg River canoe marathon

The Berg River Marathon is probably the most gruelling way to spend four days in mid-winter. The canoe race sets off from Paarl and ends 240 kilometres away in Velddrif, in the Western Cape. Throw in howling wind, driving rain and lots of portage, and you've got a recipe for extreme sport.

Freedom Challenge tests athletes’ limits

While most people are tucked up warmly indoors during winter, a group of dedicated extreme athletes is out riding the Freedom Challenge. The mountain bike race takes riders more than 2 000 kilometres across some of South Africa's harshest but most beautiful scenery.

South Africa is world’s endurance race capital

Some of the world's most extreme races are held in South Africa, where elite athletes – and ordinary people – pit themselves against the unforgiving elements and huge distances. Perhaps the most well-known is the Comrades Marathon, a gruelling 90km run between Durban and Pietermaritzburg.

In the swim of things at the Midmar Mile

Backstroke, breast stroke or even doggy paddle – it's all welcome at the Midmar Mile, the annual gathering acknowledged by Guinness World Records as the largest open water swim on the planet. It's a happy, vibrant community event, with champions swimming alongside newbies, and everyone out to have fun.

Swimming the Midmar Mile for a cause

Amateur athlete Terry Bantock is taking on all eight legs of the gruelling Midmar Mile, aiming to raise funds for Mandeville Sports club to identify and nurture talented disabled swimmers in South Africa. 

Midmar Mile’s 89-year-old finisher

Lorna Cochran, 89, was the last person out of the water at this year’s Midmar Mile, but it doesn’t matter because she’s a winner anyway, as the oldest-ever finisher of the race.
Swimmer’s memoir up for award

8 Mile Club boosts local charities

With the countdown to the 2013 aQuellé Midmar Mile reaching the 100 day mark, the race's 8 Mile Club has handed over more than half a million rand to local charities from their fundraising efforts.

Two thumbs up for Midmar Mile

Two thumbs up for Midmar Mile

Despite a rainy Saturday, the 2008 Midmar Mile weekend was a roaring success, with excellent racing, fun and drama, slickly put together into a professional package that kept competitors and spectators well entertained.
High drama at the Midmar Mile

High drama at the Midmar Mile

There was high drama at the world's largest open water swimming event on Sunday when the final race was cancelled due to bad weather - the first time in the Midmar Mile's 34-year history that a race has been called off.

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