IAAF President, top athletes for Access Bank Lagos City Marathon
By; Ayo Ojedokun, Lagos.
Some of the world’s top marathoners as well as the International Association of Athletics Federation’s President, Lord Sebastian Coe are expected to storm Nigeria ahead of the maiden edition of the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon slated to hold on February 6, 2016.
Speaking with NNSports in Lagos recently, the organizers reeled out modalities for the marathon which among other things is targeted at reviving a healthy life style among Nigerians whilst showcasing major sights in the city of Lagos.
Special Adviser to the Governor on Sports and Chairman of the Lagos State Sports Commission, Ayodeji Tinubu pledged the unwavering support of the government while appreciating the efforts of Access Bank in bankrolling the event.
Tinubu revealed that alot of work has already gone into making the event a success as this will be the first time in a long while that a full marathon would be held in the city and indeed Nigeria. He also stated that the world’s top athletes have already indicated their interest in participating in the 42km race.
Executive Director, Personal Banking of Access Bank, Victor Etuokwu announced that mouth watering cash prizes will be won at the epoch making event, with the winners of both men and women’s events expected to go home with $50,000 each while second and third place finishers will take $40,000 and $30,000 respectively.
Top 20 Nigerians will also be rewarded with cash prizes starting from N1 million, while the second and third positions will settle for N750, 000 and N500, 000 respectively.
The race will kick off from the National Stadium, Surulere, en route Ojota, the Third Mainland Bridge, Ikoyi Bridge and Lekki toll gate, before terminating at the Eko Atlantic City.