Mens 22 -kilometre race champion Musowa, who clocked 2:08 in 2017 on Saturday, beat his own record to finish in 2 hours 5 minutes and Fisher, who won the women’s category in 2: 26: 36 hours last year on Saturday finished the line in 2 hours 38 minutes, said they are excited at the prospect of retaining the title.
“I was much prepared and geared to defend the title and with the K500,00 money prize at stake boosted the morale,” said a 35-year Musowa.
Evance Nyezule came second while Mphatso Nandolo finished third in the Men’s category.
Tereza Master and Dorothy Gawani finished in second and third position respectively in the ladies category.
Main sponsor, TNM Plc raised stakes for this year’s Mulanje Porters Race by 100 percent with winners on first position taking home K500,000 up from K250,000 each last year for the main roller-coaster of 22 kilometres.
TNM Plc Chief Officer- Sales & Marketing said the company was impressed with both organisation and turn out during the 2018 race.
“TNM is a patriotic promoter of the country’s sports and tourism and this race is in line with the company’s commitment of developing a wide range of sporting disciplines as well as promoting Malawi’s tourism industry,” said Makata.
TNM Plc contributed K8.6 million towards the organisation of this year’s event and after the main racing event; Black Missionaries and Anthony Makondetsa treated the participants to hours of reggae music at the same venue.
Mount Mulanje porters’ race is held annually and is patronized by both local and international athletes.The mountain climb competition is celebrating its 22nd year.