The prize money for the first athlete in Standard Bank Be More Race Run slated for June 15 2019 in Lilongwe has been adjusted to k 1.7 million from k 1.5 million.
The Race which is in three categories ranging from 21 Km (which is half marathon), 10 km and 5km is expected to start at 6:00 am from Standard Bank Head offices in City Centre and will finish at Bingu International Convention Centre (BICC).
Standard Bank Public Relations Officer (PRO), Thoko Unyolo said there is no limitation for anyone willing to participate in the race. They have also incorporated any age group as young as nine years and as far as 69 years in this year’s city race just as in previous.
“Registration is still underway to give chances to everyone who wishes to take part. We expect to have international athletes again just as in the previous race”, she said.
Standard Bank Be More Race is in its third edition after being introduced in in 2017 as a way for the bank to interact with its customers, families, business partners and communities.
The PRO pointed out that this is one of the most unique Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives that use a national platform to integrate finance, inclusion, wellness, health and education into one class act.
“The ultimate goal is to promote good health and wellness while paying attention to national causes, particularly the plight of the Girl Child struggling with access to education. We are therefore calling upon all residents of Lilongwe to register for the race and be part of the Be More Race whereby wellness, music and social interaction are prime benefits,” she said.
General Secretary for Athletics Association of Malawi (AAM) Frank Chitembeya thanked Standard Bank for taking part in promoting sports in Malawi.
“Be More Race is the center of talent development in the country” he said.
During the second edition of Standard Bank Be More Race, Malawian athletes dominated the tournmanet with athlete Kefasi Kasteni coming first by finishing in 1 hour 8 minutes 51 seconds, seconded by Kenyan athlete Kipkogey Shadrack who finished in 1 hour 9 minutes 2 seconds.
Another Malawian athlete Chancy Master finished the race in 1 hour 9 minutes 44 seconds and came third.
In ladies category, Cecilia Mhango came second by finishing in 1 hour 24 minutes 55 seconds and lost a gold medal to a Kenyan athlete, Mercy Gelimo who came first by finishing in 1 hour 22 minutes 33 seconds and Tereza Master, another female Malawian athlete came third.