The 2023 Mount Mulanje Porters’ Race will take place in Likhubula valley, Mulanje district on 8th of July, organizers have said, an event that marks 25 years anniversary.
In a statement, Kondwani Chamwala, Team Leader of the Organizing committee said the race will focus on assisting the recovery from Cyclone Freddy which heavily affected communities around the mountain, including the tourism industry.
‘’The 2023 Race will offer hope to the tourism industry and bring back the smile on people’s faces as they heal from the devastating,’’ he says.
According to Chamwala, the marathon is open to both local and international runners, with every participant required to pay a registration fee as in Porters/Women MK2,000, Men K3,000,
While International participants will have to pay K15,000 with registered athletics given a 10 percent discount.
‘’At 6am the race starts at Likhubula Forest Office, right at the foot of the mountain, and
the runners trek to Chambe Plateau about 2,500m above sea level. They proceed
across the top to Lichenya Plateau and back down to Likhubula. Runners will cover a
challenging distance of approximately 25km in about two hours, but a normal walk can
cover the same distance in over 10 hours,’’ he added.
Chamwala has since pleaded with companies and organizations to take part in sponsoring the event
and to make cyclone recovery donations to any affected site prior or after the race as a good gesture to the people of Mt Mulanje.
The race was launched in 1996 and has become an annual event attracting other participants,
initially both local and national athletes.
Over the years, it has become an international event that attracts hundreds of participants from around the globe and attracts over 5000 spectators.