The Vice President who is also a basketball player announced the decision to race during a routine gym work-out in the administrative capital, Lilongwe.
Dr. Chilima said in order to get the best out of a fitness and working out regime, one has to do it in stages. “Begin with baby steps, walk, run, sprint and eventually come back to the routine you started with. There are two things that one has to bear in mind when taking this journey. It’s a lifestyle change and you have to do it forever. You can’t stop midway so let it become part of your life. You simply must keep on moving forward," he said.
He encouraged Malawians to keep fit and maintain their health by nurturing themselves through regular exercise.
“Our bodies are the best God-given gifts. We must look after and invest in them accordingly. And whatever the hurdle, do not put away the need to exercise. Do not be satisfied with minimal achievements, learn to be and do more to move Malawi forward,” he said.
Chilima joins other high profile individuals, including Lilongwe City Mayor Dr. Desmond Bikoko, academic LUANAR Professor Emmanuel Kaunda and other prominent professionals in the race, a race whose goal is to raise funds for Keeping the Girl Child in School while promoting wellness.