Apart from local athletes, racers and participants, Be More Race has also registered two Kenyan professional athletes, Shadrick Kipkogey and Mercy Jelimoms who arrived in the country today ahead of the race.
Unyolo said Mercy Jelimoms who is a Marathon Runner on the other hand Shadrick Kipkogey who is a long distance runner will join professional and non-professional athletes, Bank customers, employees, partners, community and civic leaders.
“The number of people registered for this year’s race surpasses that of last year and clearly demonstrates the awesome response the race has generated as more people come together to achieve one goal of fitness and wellness,” she said.
Unyolo said the Be More Race has grown tremendously in stature as the build-up to the main race included city races in Blantyre, Mzuzu and Lilongwe which potential participants have been using as practice sessions ahead of the Saturday heat.
“The race has grown to become a national movement of people coming together to reach their goal of achieving wellness and good health. This year’s race has focused on building wellness at group and community level as opposed to individual brilliance,” she said.
The Head of Marketing said registration will close on Friday 20:00 and that the same day is the cut off point for participants to collect their race gear and other related materials.
The race has been split into three key legs of 21 km, 10km and 5 km for both men and women and also children above the age of 10 years can run the 10km or 5km.
The second edition of Be More race will be held on 9 June 2018 and will start from the Bank’s head office in City Centre and stretch out to Area 18, Mtandire, Area 49, Area 9, Area 6, Area 47, Area 10 before returning to the City Centre at the Bingu International Convention Centre (BICC). The total distance is 21.2 kilometres.
In terms of prize money, Standard Bank has staked a total of K2.9 million split into K1.5 million for the first prize, K900, 000 for second prize and K550, 000 for the third prize in 21.2 Km category.
After the race, there will be performances from renowned urban artist Sanjie as well as Aerobics.
Standard Bank has partnered, Ministry of Labour, Youth, Sports, and Manpower Development, Airtel, Castel Malawi Limited, Ministry of Health, Lilongwe City Assembly, Sunbird Hotels, Liberty Health Malawi, Rab Processors Limited, KK security, Umodzi Park, Biz Malawi, Ulendo Safaris, Mhub and Athletics Association of Malawi.