By; JACOB ONJEWU DICKSON
The maiden Kaduna Marathon tagged “Kaduna Runs” will be recorded in the history books as the first in Nigeria.
Technical Director of the race, Yusuf Ali made this known at a world press briefing to herald the race billed for tomorrow, Saturday November 21, 2020 in Kaduna.
“This is the first time in this country we are having a three in one Marathon. A 5km, a 10km and half marathon,” he said
Ali stressed that the event is unique and that makes it a must talk about event.
“Kaduna is the only state in this country that we have three certifications.
“The race about to be run tomorrow is well certified, if it is a world record, it would be a world record,” he assured.
The Technical Director emphasized that there will be social distance in starting area.
“All the officials in the start off and finishing point must wear masks,” he said.
Explaining further, he said that to ensure social distancing, all the athletes will not start at the same point, assuring that the position of each athlete will not affect finishing as technology has been deployed to ensure equal opportunities.
“We will also deploy transparent mats and chips. Kaduna has deployed 16 mats for this marathon.
“Once you come across the mat it will beep for us at the control room and record your time
“We also did this to ensure that your time will start once you cross the mat.
“For the journalists you will see two time in each result. The gun time will be he same for every runner,. But the chip time will be different,” he explained.
He informed that the starting timing for the half marathon is 7:30am .
Ali speaking further, assured that from next year, Kaduna will be running a label race.
“In Nigeria, we only have two states with labels, Lagos and Edo. I believe Kaduna will be the third,” he added.
On the prospect of Kaduna State in producing world beaters in the future, he said the potentials abound.
“When I came first, the name I heard was Abbas Mohammed who holds a National marathon record of 2hrs 15 mins, then the world record was 2hrs, 08 secs.
“We have not improved on that but I am optimistic that in the next five years we will have world beaters,” he said.
He said that the first 20 results would be sent to IAAF, at least two hours after the race.