Over 300 people on Saturday took part in the inaugural city leg of the Standard Bank Be More Race 20 which covered 10 kilometres.
The walk/run was in preparation for the main race slated for June 9 in Lilongwe.
Standard Bank deputy head of corporate investment banking Linda Mwase expressed satisfaction with the turnout.
“The preparation for the main race has been wonderful. We had over 300 participants which was really amazing,” she said.
“We would like to encourage walkers and runners in Mzuzu and Lilongwe to be thoroughly prepared for their turn on April 21 and May 12, respectively. The city races will give them a feel of what to expect in the main race in terms of building resilience, psyche, nutrition tips and getting familiar with the race route.”
Manda said they are expecting to exceed last year’s participation which was more than 500.
One of the participants, John Nyirenda, said he was impressed with the organisation of the event and looks forward to the main race in Lilongwe.
“This was a well-organised walk/race and I am happy to have completed the entire 10 kilometres,” he said.
Another participant, Tada Kadam’manja, who works as chief economist at Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom) and is a regular jogger, said: “Apart from the fun, it has also helped me gauge my fitness levels.”
The Blantyre race started from the bank’s regional office and stretched to Ginnery Corner via Masauko Chipembere Highway, Mandala, Mount Pleasant and back to the starting point.