Malawi Defence Force (MDF) athlete Kefasi Kasten underlined his credentials when he scooped this year’s Standard Bank Be More Race held in Lilongwe on Saturday.
The Zomba based runner finished the 21 kilometer race in 1 hour, eight minutes and 51 seconds beating Kenyan Kipkogey Shadrack who came second after finishing the same distance after 1 hour, nine minutes and two seconds . Another Malawian athlete Chancy Master came third after finishing the journey in 1 hour, nine minutes and 44 seconds.
For winning the race, Kasten pocketed K1.5 million plus gold medal whereas Shadrack got K900,000 and silver medal. Third placed Master received K550, 000 plus a bronze medal.
In the ladies category, Kenyan Too Mercy Gelimo won the race after 1 hour, 22 minutes and 33 seconds followed by Cecilia Mhango on second position after finishing the distance in 1 hour, 24 minutes 55 seconds whereas Tereza Master in 1 hour, 26, minutes and 36 seconds.
For the second consecutive year, Vice President Saulos Chilima took part in the 10kilometre race and completed the distance and said he was he was impressed with this year’s turn out.
““Running in teams is helping to provide motivation. We are seeing the energies rubbing off from one person to another, and together we can achieve even more,” said Chilima.
Standard Bank Chief Executive William Le Roux said the just ended race was a success.
“As Standard Bank, we believe that it is important to balance your health and your wealth and therefore we fully embrace the Be More Race, which is about your mind, body, soul and community. We are glad to bring this race to our clients, staff, and communities and to the people of the Warm Heart of Africa” he said.
In keeping to the Standard Bank Malawi purpose of Tiwale, Together Driving Growth to Build Mother Malawi the adopted beneficiary for the Be More Race this year will go to the Girls mentorship program in Salima.
Over 1000 people took part in this year’s race which started from the Bank’s head office in City Centre and stretch out to Area 18, Mtandire, Area 49, Area 9, Area 6, Area 47, Area 10 before returning to the City Centre at the Bingu International Convention Centre (BICC).