Access Bank Plc is set to put the city on the international platform, as it hosts the first Lagos City Full Marathon which is billed to hold on February 6, 2016. Already, 31 elite marathoners from eight countries have signified interest in participating in the marathon.
The elite marathoners drawn from Kenya, Ethiopia and Uganda include 24 men and seven women who hold IAAF gold and silver label. The Special Adviser to the Lagos sports Commission, Ayo Tinubu said the 42 kilometre international marathon will have a grand price of $50,000.
Top 10 marathoners in the world, he said have sent in letters of interest to participate in the race which will run through major parts of the state. Speaking at a media briefing to unveil the marathon, he said there would be prizes for the first 10 marathoners who cross the finish line.
Also, the first 20 Nigerians to cross the finish line will get prizes starting from N1 million. The marathon is billed to start from the National Stadium, through Ojota to link up with the Third Mainland Bridge, through Ikoyi to the Lekki Toll Gate to link Bonny Camp and end at the Eko Atlantic City.
Tinubu noted that as the first full marathon to be run in the country, Access Bank and its partners are set to make it an international event by ensuring “that every little detail that should be done is done to make it sure that it is the best in Africa.
“It is going to be a marathon of international standard and part of what we have done to make it of international standard is to ensure that every single runner will have a tracker that will tell us where they are at every point in time.
The Lagos state governor has been very particular about sports and tourism and this marathon is a very good opportunity to showcase the state” he stated. Also, Executive Director at Access Bank, sponsor of the Lagos City Marathon, Mr Victor Itoku said there is no better way to showcase the splendor and beauty of the state.
Source : Leadership