Mzuzu will tomorrow set the pace for the Standard Bank Be More City Races in the build up to the main event slated for June.
The bank’s marketing manager Madalitso Jonazi said they have maintained their format of the races to Blantyre and Mzuzu cities before holding the main race in Lilongwe.
“This is in keeping with our tradition of ensuring that the platform is shared by all stakeholders at national level. “We are inviting customers, civic leaders, professional and non-professional athletes, race partners, the academia and all to join us in Mzuzu,” he said.
Jonazi said the fundamental motivation behind the races is to mobilise Malawians in embracing fitness and healthy living.
“We are encouraging customers, families, bank employees, fitness enthusiasts, both professional and non-pro athletes to come and join our ‘Be More Race’ club and be part of the fun as we prepare for the challenge that lies ahead during the main race in June,” he said.
Jonazi said Standard Bank appreciates the role of healthy customers, employees and the larger community in contributing towards sustainable development.
“It is against this background that we create a platform where our stakeholders can attain fitness, enrich their social networks and enjoy our services as a bank concurrently,” he said.
Jonazi said the Mzuzu race shall cover 10 kilometres (km) starting from the bank’s Mzuzu branch through the High Court Roundabout to Mzuzu Stadium and back to Clock Tower.
The finish line will be at the branch premises.
Lilongwe and Blantyre will host their respective races on May 11 and 25, respectively.
This year’s national race is set for Lilongwe on June 15.
The route for the race will start from the bank’s head office at City Centre and stretch out to Area 18, Mtandire, areas 49, 9, 6, 47 and 10 before heading back to the finishing line at Bingu International Convention Centre (Bicc) over 21.2km.
Standard Bank has staked K1.7 million for the first prize, K1 million for second prize and K600, 000 for the third prize in 21.2 km category.
Apart from cash prizes, all participants will receive a bag stuffed with branded merchandising.
The 2019 Be More Race edition coincides with the bank’s 50th anniversary as such it has been incorporated as part of the Golden Jubilee celebrations schedule.
The entry fees for the Main Race are: 21 km (K19 000); 10km (K13 000); 5km (K7 000).
To participate individuals and organisations are encouraged to register by e-mailing name and race type and send to Bemorerace@standardbank.co.mw or register online at www.standardbank.co.mw/bemorerace.