Last year’s winners of the Mulanje Porters Race Charles Musowa and Doris Fisher have vowed to defend their titles at the 22nd Anniversary edition of the race on July 14.
Men’s 22 -kilometre race champions Musowa, who clocked 2 hours 8 minutes and Fisher, who won the women’s category in 2 hours 26 minutes 36 seconds, said they are excited at the prospect of retaining the title.
“I’m well prepared and geared to defend the title. I’m training on dally basis to conquer all and with the K500,000 prize money at stake, it has increased the morale,” said 35-year Musowa.
For her part, Fisher said: “I’m eyeing the first position and nothing else. I had a good run in Namibia recently where I ended on position 3. The prize money I got last year helped me to buy a piece of land and now with K500000 at stake, I’m training harder to defend my title and get the first prize,” said 24-year-old Doris.
Main sponsor, TNM Plc has raised stakes for this year’s Mulanje Porters Race by 100 percent with winners of the race expecting to take home K500,000 up from K250,000 each last year for the main roller-coaster of 22 kilometres.
Announcing the champions prizes, TNM Head of Marketing Sobhuza Ngwenya said the increase in prize money demonstrates company’s commitment towards promoting the race and making it a more competitive event.
Mount Mulanje porters race is held annually and is patronized by both locals and internationals athletes. The mountain climb competition is celebrating its 22nd year.
Towering at 3,000 metres above sea level, the Mulanje Massif is one of Southern Africa’s highest mountains and a major tourist attraction for Malawi.