Saturday April 10th, 2021
“The IAAF and AIMS have a special interest in the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon so if you see their top officials at the third edition, don’t be surprised. Lagos is one of the few marathons in the world that got an IAAF Label after just two editions. This is a rare feat. The event had over 50,000 runners at the first edition and over 73,000 in the second, this is something you rarely find in any part of the world’’ said Ogba.
The President of the history-making Bobsled & Skeleton Federation of Nigeria urged other Governors and corporate bodies to emulate Gov. Ambode and Access Bank.
“Nigeria does not have enough marathons and road races, Ambode and Access Bank have taken the lead with the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon. I urge other governors and corporate bodies to emulate them; we need more races in Nigeria. New York State alone has over 70 marathons and road races in a year. Our political and business leaders must embrace marathon even if it for the health benefits alone,’’ Ogba stressed.
The Access Bank Lagos City Marathon, which already has a Bronze label and is eyeing a Silver label, will enter its fourth year in 2019.
Kenya’s David Barsamai Tumo and Cherop Sharon Jemutai, yesterday won the 42km event of the 2020 Access Bank Lagos City Marathon, which ended at the Eko Atlantic City, Victoria Island Lagos.
The race, which kicked off in the early hours of yesterday at the National Stadium, Surulere, witnessed the athletes run through the Lekki roundabout by the Ikoyi-Lekki Link bridge up to the Eko Atlantic City, which was the finishing point, saw Tumo broke the marathon’s record and finished first in 2:10:23secs in the men’s category, while Jemutai won the women’s class in 2:31:40secs, as they were rewarded with the sum of $50,000 each for their efforts.
Debeko Dakamo and Paul Chege, however, came second and third respectively in the men’s category, while Kebene Urisa and Tanui Jekporir also finished second and respectively in the women class. And they got $40,000 and $30,000 each respectively courtesy of Access Bank Plc.
Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, who joined the race at Marina, expressed satisfaction with the race and pledged his administration’s continued effort at boosting sports and tourism.
“We want to put Lagos City Marathon on the global marathon calendar and we are on our way there. Very soon, it will become a marathon that athletes from every part of the world will come and join us. Today’s event is the beginning of our administration’s tourism agenda,” he said.
While commending the organisers, Sanwo-Olu said the marathon had been able to boost the tourism potential of the state, promising that few years down the line, it would be a major event on the global marathon race calendar.
The runners go towards Ojuelegba Bridge, Ikorodu Road, (on top of Fela Bridge), towards Anthony under Anthony Bridge, under Maryland Bridge, move towards Ojota, pass by the Total Filling Station and turn right towards Alapere towards to Ogudu, go by Ogudu junction towards Oworosoki and head towards Third Mainland Bridge, after Adeniji Adele, turn right towards Ikoyi on the bridge, go through Osborne Road, turn left to Parkview and head towards Lekki/Ikoyi Bridge, at bottom of bridge, turn right to Admiralty Way, at the entrance of Lekki Phase 1, turn right towards Lekki Toll Gate, head to Ozumba Mbadiwe, go by 1004 and Radisson Blu Hotel towards Bonny Camp, turn left at the roundabout going towards Ahmadu Bello Way, go by Federal Palace Hotel, Silverbird Galleria, NTA and then Bar Beach
Finish point-Eko Atlantic.