Ho, Ho, Ho, It’s a record at the Midmar Mile – Ashley Twichell takes Gold

  2 Mike Lewis | February 10th, 2013 | Featured, News, Open Water

South Africa’s Chad Ho won the 2013 Midmar Mile (the world’s largest open water swimming race) for the 4th consecutive year.   Ho, one of the world’s top open water swimmers led the race from start to finish.   For Chad and his training partners this was literally a sprint, and he showed the burst of speed that makes him a force in longer races.

1.Chad Ho 17:57
2.Troyden Prinsloo 18:08
3.Danie Marais 18:09
4.Mark Randall 18:33
5.Matthew Mark Meyer 18:55
6.Myles Brown 18:56
7.Henri Schoeman 18:58
8.Darien Townsend 19:01
9.Chris McGlynn 19:05
10.Sebastian Roualt 19:13

On the women’s side it was Ashley Twitchell besting the field in this very competitive field.   Twichell, who is the reigning USA national champion in both the 5 and 10K events came out ahead of Keri Anne Payne who was last year’s champion.   In the 2012 event Twichell had a strong showing against Payne and was primed for the win in this race.   Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu, past world record holder and 4th place finisher in the 400IM in London, was a respectable 4th place in this event.


1.Ashley Twichell 19:04
2.Keri Anne Payne 19:21
3.Michelle Weber 19:29
4.Katinka Hosszu 19:56
5.Rene Warnes 20:05
6.Kyna Pereira 20:12
7.Carmen le Roux 20:32
8.Megan Kate Stephens 20:42
9.Clarice le Roux 20:56
10.Nicole Brits 21:01

Beyond the elite field the event was again huge and wildly successful.  Kudos to famed South African Swim Coach Wayne Ridden who servers as the event organizer.  In fact, reports indicate they broke their own world record for the largest open water swimming event (final numbers will released pending certification for the Guinness Book of World Records).   If you’re looking for a great destination swim in 2014 – check out the MidMar Mile.


  1. Justin says:

    “Ashley Twichell take [sic] women’s gold”

    “One the women’s side it Ashley Twitchell besting the field in this very competitive field.”

    Swimswam, would it hurt to invest in a copy editor?

    • Mike Lewis says:

      Thanks Justin, good point; I was moving a bit too fast this morning in trying to get this good news out before I hit the water myself. Take care and keep on swimming.

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Mike Lewis

Mike Lewis has nearly three decades of open water swimming experience as both an athlete and coach. He has worked with a wide range of athletes including Olympians and World Record Holders. Mike was as an administrator in the U.S. Olympic movement for 10 years and was a team director for the 2000 Olympic games. Mike himself is an avid swimmer and has notched several top 10 rankings in US Masters swimming. Mike and his wife Cynthia founded "Did you swim today?" – a global gathering place for swimmers to share their positive experiences in the pool and the open water. Read More »