Vice-President Saulos Chilima takes a break from pondering his next move on the political front and gets a timely respite this morning when he takes part in the second edition of the Standard Bank Be More Race in Lilongwe.
After his name rolled off the tongues of many all week, his focus switches from the ‘Chilima Movement’ to the fun and razz-matazz associated with the race.
A sports enthusiast who also plays basketball, golf, social football and works out in the gym regularly, the veep returns to the race which he officially launched in the capital city last year.
Chilima said he is set for the race which has attracted hundreds of other participants, including local and foreign professional athletes, Standard Bank customers and staff.
He has urged Malawians to embrace a culture of regular exercises and to do so in groups, saying: “With team work and great coordination, we will together achieve more. In any movement, to achieve greatness everyone must be moving.”
Chilima commended Standard Bank for promoting group exercise under this year’s race as opposed to individual brilliance.
“Running in teams is helping to provide motivation. We are seeing the energies rubbing off from one person to another, and together we can achieve even more,” he said.
The race starts from the bank’s head office in City Centre and to Area 18, Mtandire, Area 49, Area 9, Area 6, Area 47, Area 10 before returning to the City Centre and will end at Bingu International Convention Centre (Bicc).
The total distance is 21.2 kilometres. Standard Bank has organised the race to promote a national culture of wellness.
The bank has staked K2.9 million in prize money which has been split into three with the winner carting home K1.5 million, the runner-up will get K900 000 while the third-placed will receive K550 000.
After the race they 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, FD Communications and Athletics Association of Malawi (AAM).