The Access Bank Lagos Marathon race organizers were on Monday on celebration galore as the news filtered in that have been awarded the Bronze Label International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF).
The Teslim Balogun Stadium where their offices are located was full of celebrations from the staffs the Project Consultant Bukola Olopade and General Manager Yussuf Alli were enveloped with joy by news from IAAF Road Running Manager Alexxio Punzi.
A statement signed by the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon Head of Communications and Media Olukayode Thomas said with this feat, “Access Bank Lagos City Marathon has now joined global elite races like New York, Boston, Chicago, Tokyo, Dubai, London, Roma, Paris, Berlin, and others.”
The IAAF demands one to have fulfilled seven conditions for you to be awarded a race Label. Below are the conditions.
- Race organisers have to apply to the IAAF for recognition
- The race is divided in three categories Gold Labels, which has the strictest requirements, followed by Silver, then Bronze.
- The race MUST have runners from Five Nations (four for Bronze) to be represented by runners with times faster than the IAAF’s guidelines.
- The race course must be closed to vehicular traffic, and measured to the Association of International Marathons and Distance Races(AIMS) standard, with full electronic timing used to generate the results.
- The race must be organised in a way that minimizes ecological damageto the surrounding areas.
- Doping testsmust be carried out,
- Prize money for the participants should be equal, irrespective of gender or nationality, though additional rewards can be given to runners from the host nation
Among the thousands of races worldwide, only 88 are label by IAAF, Access Bank Lagos City Marathon is one of the new additions to the elite club.