Malawi’s popular mount Mulanje porters race set for July 11

Mount Mulanje Porters’ Race one of Malawi’s most challenging extreme sporting events is set for July 11 starting at Likhubula Valley, right at the foot of the mountain to Chambe Plateau about 2,500m above sea to Lichenya Plateau and back to Likhubula.

Malawi's very own extreme running event

Malawi’s very own extreme running event

According to Mulanje Mountain Conservation Trust this year’s event will be unique with having secured sponsorship from Save the Children and Airtel Malawi so far.

The organisers of the event has also partnered with the Lake of Stars team who will produce a brand new finish line concert in Mulanje town to celebrate the mountain race.

The ‘Island in the Sky’ concert will feature local and regional live artists and DJ’s and run from 1pm until late.

The combination of sport, music and culture will make 11th July the weekend to head to Mulanje and enjoy all that the mountain has to offer.

“This year the race committee are partnering with the Lake of Stars team who will produce a brand new finish line concert in Mulanje town to celebrate the mountain race.  The ‘Island in the Sky’ concert will feature local and regional live artists and DJ’s and run from1pm until late,” a statement fro organisers said.

The combination of sport, music and culture will make 11th July the weekend to head to Mulanje and enjoy all that the mountain has to offer.

The route is rocky and hazardous and the paths are small. But though this is Malawi’s only extreme sport, runners cover such a tiring distance of 25km in less than three hours.

The Porters Race was by started in 1996 limited to porters and guide for Mount Mulanje tourists.

It became an annual event attracting other participants such as local and national athletes.

Over the years it has become a big event that attracts hundreds of participants.

In 2014, a total of 400 runners, men and women, took part in the race, and it attracted a good number of spectators.

Among the participants included local and international runners from South Africa, England, Switzerland, America, Mozambique and some parts of Europe.

The race starts at 6am and there is a small 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.

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