The second edition of Standard Bank Be More City Race will be held in Lilongwe tomorrow.
The 2019 city races, of which the first was held in Mzuzu two weeks ago, are a forerunner of the main event slated for the capital city on June 15.
The bank’s head of marketing and communication Thokozani Unyolo said city races give a chance to Standard Bank to engage with employees, customers and communities.
“Be More Race is designed to mobilise Malawians in embracing fitness and healthy living. Standard Bank appreciates the role healthy customers, employees and the larger community play in the growth and survival of our core business,” she said.
The 10 kilometres (km) race will have professional and casual runners competing.
From the starting point at Standard Bank Capital City Branch, the runners will go past the Nature Sanctuary, Parliament Building and Area 18 Roundabout, areas 10 and 11 where they will join the Presidential Drive at Golden Peacock Hotel before proceeding to Capital Hotel Roundabout.
The last stretch for the runners will be towards the finishing line at Bingu International Convention Centre (Bicc).
Unyolo said other participants, who out of choice will not complete the 10km, can opt to either run or walk for any distance of their choice within the designated routes.
The main race on June 15 will start off at the bank’s head office in City Centre and stretch out to Area 18, Mtandire, Area 49, Area 9, Area 6, Area 47, Area 10 before yielding back to the City Centre at the Bingu International Convention Centre. The total distance is 21.2km.
The prize money for best top three performers in the men’s and women’s categories at the final race is K6.6 million split into K1.7 million for first prize, K1 million as second prize and K600 000 for third prize.
Apart from cash prizes, all participants will receive a bag stuffed with branded Standard Bank paraphernalia.
The 2019 Be More Race edition coincides with Standard Bank’s 50th anniversary as such, it has been incorporated as part of the Golden Jubilee celebrations.
Athletics Association of Malawi general secretary Frank Chitembeya said the Be More races are playing a big role in developing athletes.
“We have noted tremendous improvement in the performance of our athletes in international competitions and this can be partly attributed to the Be More races. The prizes are also a source of incentives to the athletes,” he said.