This year’s Mount Mulanje Porters Race will take place on July 9 2016 under the theme ‘Save the Forests of Mount Mulanje: Serve Every Last Child of Malawi’.
Save the Children has since partnered the race in attempt raise awareness about global campaign dubbed ‘Every Last Child’ which focuses on children excluded from access to basic essential services.
Meanwhile the organizers are calling upon and companies and organizations to sponsor any category at this year’s edition.
According to Coordinator for event, Kondwani Chamwala, the race attracts participants from across the globe.
“The event, which falls on second Saturday of July, will also be clocking 20 years. Over the years it has become a big event that attracts hundreds of participants. In 2015, a total of 300 runners (men & women) took part in the race, and it attracted over 5000 spectators. Amongst the participants were both National and International athletes from across Africa, Europe, America and Asia,” explained Chamwala.
The race will take place at Likhubula Valley, right at the foot of the mountain in Mulanje and runners trek to Chambe Plateau about 2,500m above sea level then proceed (via the plateau) to Lichenya Plateau and back to Likhubula.
The route for the race is rocky and hazardous, despite that Malawi’s only extreme sport; runners cover such a tiring distance of 22km in less than three hours and others do it bare foot.
“The race starts at 6am and the registration fee to be announced for whoever wants to participate on the race and late comers are still considered on the very same day of the event, 30 minutes before start off.
“Besides, Lake of Stars team and Mibawa Studios will be back with finish line ‘Island in the Sky’ concert to celebrate the mountain race. The concert will feature local and regional live artists and DJ’s and run from 1pm until late,” asserted Chamwala.
Mount Mulanje Porters race started in 1996 and was only open to Porters and Guides of Mount Mulanje.
The 20th Anniversary will be commemorated under the theme; “Save the Forests of Mount Mulanje: Serve Every Last Child of Malawi.”