Ebenezer Mile - 17 March 2018
PLEASE NOTE THAT THE 2018 EVENT VENUE IS AT "OLD SMOKEY" (NOT AS PREVIOUSLY AT THE MOUNTAIN YACHT CLUB) "OLD SMOKEY" IS LOCATED APPROXIMATELY HALF A KILOMETRE FURTHER ON PAST THE MYC ENTRANCE. ("Old Smokey" is the Lepelle Recreation Club)
Co-ordinates for Old Smokey : 26°56’16.17”S; 29°58’.54”E
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A HUGE THANK YOU TO ALL OUR SPONSORS 2018
THE 2018 SWIM HAS ATTRACTED AN ENTRY FROM CALIFORNIA, USA!
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Karen Sternberg Profile
I've had an interest in swimming from a very young age. I was born in Upland, California and learned how to swim at the age of six. For several years I swam competitively for the local community swim team and my high school. All of that swimming was in a pool, naturally, limited by the sides of the pool and endless turns. As I was growing up, my family took summer trips to the Pacific Ocean and it was my father who introduced me to ocean swimming. It was an exhilarating experience to dive through the waves and swim along the coastline. I am not a particularly fast swimmer but I've maintained long distance endurance over the years. In retrospect, open water swimming has never been a major part of my physical fitness routine but I have the greatest respect for the sport and the discipline, strength and mental conditioning that it requires.
Back in 2008 fellow Rotarian Steve Trollip and his wife Lelanie invited my husband Paul and I to your beautiful country. On this trip, we were fortunate enough to meet Douglas Goode, a well-known South African artist and cycad expert. We travelled to several cycad habitats and shared in the ultimate experience of viewing the remaining few plants in the wild. In alternating years Paul and I returned to photograph the cycads in their native setting before they are all gone. Sadly, the remaining plants are being poached or removed due to habitat destruction. Future generations will only be able to view these majestic ancient plants in gardens.
While in South Africa in 2018, I will be gathering information for our newest cycad book. Douglas is the illustrator for this important project and we intend to learn more about the burgeoning world of cycad collecting over the past 60 years. Besides preparing for my big swim in mid March, we will be traveling long distances with hopes of accomplishing all that I have set out to do on this trip.
I want to express my appreciation to the Haenertsburg Rotary Club for organizing and sponsoring the Ebenezer Dam swim. Back in 2014, I swam the Midmar Mile and was encouraged to swim your event as part of a future visit. Several South African swimmers were very impressed with this race event and venue. In 2018, I truly wanted to participate so here I am! Thank you for allowing me to introduce myself and I look forward to an exciting swim.
Full Results of the Ebenezer Mile Swim
2012 All: 2012 Results
2011 All: 2011EbenezerMileresults-all
2010 All: 2010EbenezerMileresults-all