100,000 runners across the globe storm Lagos, Nigeria for Access Bank City Marathon
By Taiwo Adelu
London, Feb. 8, 2020 (AltAfrica)– The commercial nerve centre of Nigeria, Lagos is in festive mood today, Saturday, 8 February, 2020. as the city hosts the 5th edition of fast growing marathon race
Alternativeafrica.com reports that the event tagged Access Bank Lagos City Marathon will feature over 100,000 runners from across the world. Going by the level of preparation and organisation put in place by the organisers, this year’s edition of the race promises to be spectacular.
Interestingly, the race has been accorded a Silver Label by the World Athletics, making it one of the few marathon races in the world that got such recognition in less than five years of existence.
From the over 50,000 participants that took part in the first edition of the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon, over 100,000 athletes ran the race in the most recent edition held in February 2019.
The enthusiasm is very high, from the host state; the Government of Lagos down to the men and women on the streets of Lagos, the one day marathon race has always been given its own respect and honour. The Government had since announced total closure of some high profile roads in the city to pave way for smooth organisation of the race on Saturday.
To Show his support for the race which started during the administration of his successor, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu ordered purchase of 30,000 registration forms to be given freely to interested Lagosians ahead of the event.
“I am very glad about the success we have recorded as far as the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon is concerned, I remember when we wanted to start this journey four-five years ago, not many gave us a chance to succeed but under five years we have become the first marathon that has been given a Silver Label.
“We are very grateful to the Lagos State Government for its unflinching support, our headline sponsor Access Bank as well as the other sponsors who have all been unrelenting, I can assure you that we would not be reduced on the standards we have already set but instead, expect an even better race in 2020,” said Bukola Olopade, CEO of Nilayo Sports Management Limited, the race’s consultant.
Ameachi Okobi, Head, Communications & External Affairs of the title sponsor, Access Bank Plc noted that “When you think about a marathon, so many things come to mind, the road, security, the runners and other things but since first edition till the fourth one, the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon has not recorded any major incidence and that is not a mean feat.
“I can boldly say this marathon is now a major fixture in every serious runner’s calendar so it means we are doing a lot of things right and we can only get better.”
“Lagos State will always support events like this, apart from helping improving tourism, the youth in the state now look forward to this annually,# said Sola Aiyepekun, the chairman of Lagos State Sports Commission.
A total prize money of 185, 000 USD will be shared by the first ten runners in the elite division with the first male and female getting 50,000 USD each, while the first ten Nigerian runners will share a total sum of N6.910 million with the first male and female winners receiving the sum of N3 million each.
“The race is expected to start at Western Avenue, in front of the National Stadium Surulere, opposite Teslim Balogun Stadium. The finish will be in front of Eko Atlantic City, Victoria Island. All participants will receive a running race vest, and finishers will receive medals and certificate. The race will be timed using the “Time tronics electronic timing system. Chips/Tags will be attached to the race bib number,” the organisers said on the eve of the marathon race.