The main aim of the Cross Country running event is to promote athletics at grassroots level, more specifically in Malawian primary schools. This project comes against a background of neglect of athletics programs in primary schools. It is necessary to point out that lately there has been an up spring of several athletics activities across the country.However, a majority of them are patronized by senior and elite athletes which means there is little focus on early athletics development.
Early development is an important aspect in sports as it equips children who are at their best level of learning with the sustainable skills and passion for sports. This was also stressed by the incumbent minister of youth, labor, sports and manpower development in her speech at the 2018 Blantyre marathon. The introduction of this program in primary schools and its continued patronage will increase the ability of the nation to produce elite athletes who can bring home medals from international games including Olympic Games.
Research has shown that African countries e.g. Kenya and Ethiopia who have consistently exceled and dominated world athletics events have always invested heavily in grassroots sports development from primary schools. This has enabled them to discover talent at an early stage and nurtured it to its full potential. In the same vein, Malawi can borrow a leaf from these countries and initiate similar initiatives in order to make progress.