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Blantyre Marathon rebrands

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By Isaac Salima:

Malawi National Council of Sports’ Blantyre Marathon has rebranded to Blantyre 42.195-Kilometre Race.

Sports Council Communications Officer Edgar Ntulumbwa told a press briefing in Blantyre Thursday that the race will now take place on September 4.

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“We have renamed the race following a dispute over the ‘Blantyre Marathon’ name which some people claimed to own. The event normally takes place in June but we have missed out this year because some people claimed ownership of the name, hence our decision to rebrand. The competition is now back with more goodies and is open to both local and foreign nationals,” Ntulumbwa said.

He said locals willing to participate in the race will need to pay a registration fee of K20,000, with foreign nationals paying $100 (about K103,000).

“I urge more locals to take part so that we promote this sport. The winner in the ladies’ and men’s categories will each go away with K1.5 million, with the runners-up carting home K1 million. Third-placed runners will receive K500,000 each,” Ntulumbwa said.

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Head of the organising committee’s technical sub-committee Mzee Makawa said they have set aside K500,000 to be given to anyone who will beat the 2 hours 18 minutes record that Henry Moyo set in 2002.

“It has been long since Moyo set that record and we would like to challenge athletes with the K500,000 that they will receive on top of the prize money if they beat that record,” Makawa said.

Mphatso Nadolo and Nalicy Chirwa won last year’s competition in the men’s and ladies’ categorys, respectively.

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