Dec 21, 2023 | News

The second edition of the Mzuzu city half marathon will take place on Sunday 10 March, 2024 with the winner walking away with MK1,500,000.

This was disclosed by Malawi National Council of Sports (MNCS) board member and chairperson of sports development committee Mrs. Helen Tasosa Mpinganjira during a press briefing this morning that was held at Sunbird Mzuzu hotel.

According to Tasosa Mpinganjira the second edition will include other activities such as relay races and 100 and 200m race.

‘’ As you are aware when we were conducting the first edition, we promised Malawians that the Mzuzu city half marathon will be an annual event because we believe that it will contribute positively to the development of athletics in the country, that is why as Council we felt the need to make an early announcement of the second edition of the Mzuzu city half marathon. As am speaking registration for the race has already started and athletes can collect registration forms at our offices. Registration is MK15000 and athletes can pay through our National Bank account number 1802283 or pay physically at our offices

‘’ Currently the second edition is only open to locals until the certification of the route is done. It might happen that the certification process of the route has been conducted before 10 March 2024, if that happens, we will announce if we will accommodate international athletes. Allow me to specifically thank the Mzuzu city council and Moyale barracks for partnering us again. We do not take their partnership for granted and we believe that this partnership will be forever. Let me also take this opportunity to call upon the private sector, government agencies and department to come and partner with us to make sure that we successfully conduct the second edition of the Mzuzu city half marathon,’’ explained Tasosa Mpinganjira

Chairperson of the main organizing committee Peter Mumba explained that they expect the second edition of the Mzuzu city half marathon to surpass the first edition and that it will be bigger and better.

‘’We had a successful first edition where we received overwhelming support from the people of Mzuzu, this time around we want to encourage the people of Mzuzu and the corporate world to support us. The Mzuzu city half marathon is a good platform for companies to sell their products and services’’, explained Mumba.

Major Manstone Wande from Moyale barracks explained that they are excited to partner with MNCS to make sure that they host a successful second edition of Mzuzu city half marathon

‘’ We would like to confirm our commitment in partnering with MNCS in conducting the Mzuzu city half marathon. We want to inform MNCS that we will always be there when they need us.’’ Explained Major Wande

Mzuzu city council Deputy director of parks and leisure Gerald Mchacha expressed excitement with the second edition of the Mzuzu city marathon

‘’ All I can is that as Mzuzu city council we are excited with the news that the Mzuzu city half marathon is back; we know that the marathon helps promote the city of Mzuzu and to hear that the marathon is back to us is good news.’’ Explained Mchacha.

Chikondi Nyamwali won the first edition in the male category after he finished the 21 km race in 1:08.4 while Nalicy Chirwa was champion in the women category after she finished the 21 km race in 1:23.8.