By: Draxon Maloya.
A 19 year old boy, Francis Tchuwa emerged victor of this year’s 10 kilometer, Standard Bank Mzuzu City Be more Race which drew a total of 148 participants as compares to last year’s 200 runners who turned up for the event.
The race which started at exactly 6 o’clock on Saturday morning took less than 40 minutes to produce the champion in the men’s category who finished the race in 38 minutes 39 seconds while the first woman finished the race in 1 hour 38 seconds.
Speaking to the media after the race the Standard Bank`s Chief Executive Officer William Le Roux commended the northern region customers for patronizing the fun run which he said would among others strengthen friendship apart from building healthy bodies.
“This is very commendable looking at the continued massive turnout of people coming to take part in these fun runs, and as a bank we shall continue conducting these fun runs because this is one way of interacting with our customers, “ Le Roux said.
And in his remarks the president of the Athletics Association of Malawi Godfrey Phiri hailed the bank for organizing the event which he said athletes will utilize to build on their fitness.
“I must commend the bank for organizing these city fun runs because this is one way of ensuring that our athletes should keep in shape in readiness for the forthcoming athletics competitions, “ Phiri said.
He further appealed to the bank to consider taking such event to the entire districts in the country so as to make sure that all the customers and athletes living out of cities should also benefit from the arrangements.
Meanwhile, the Lilongwe and Blantyre Standard Bank Be More Race, which is a social fun run, will be held on 11th and 18th May respectively.
Standard Bank has pumped in a total of Mk84 million towards the organization of this year’s Be More races.