Malawi National Sports Council (MNCS) has rebranded the Blantyre Marathon to Blantyre 42.195 race which will take place on September 4, this year.
The decision according to Edgar Ntulumbwa spokesperson of the council has come in considering that there are other interested parties who registered the brand earlier than them.
“It is true that we have rebranded for the reason being that the name Blantyre marathon was registered by some interested parties who are now claiming that Blantyre Marathon brand is theirs.
“They are said to have registered marathons in 2019 so as Council we were in the process of registering Blantyre marathon but when we reached the final level we found out that others had already registered for it.
“So this year, we decided to do the rebrand to Blantyre 42.195 race,'' he said.
The race is open to local or international participants and the fee for locals is K20,000, US$100 for internationals.
Prizes to be awarded to both men and women are K1.5 million first place followed by K1 million second place and K500,000 for third place, as of position four to 10 there will be assorted prizes.
The council has also placed K500,000 to a recorder breaker to beat Henry Moyo who clocked 2 hours 30 minutes in 2002, this is so to encourage athletes to upgrade themselves for international competition and set a new record.