The 3rd edition of the Access Bank Lagos Marathon was launched on Thursday (2) in Lagos Nigeria with the race organizers expecting to have more than 100,000 race participants.
While speaking to the press,Yusuff Alli the general Manager for the race said, the number will increase from last year’s 73,000 to 100,000 due to the 10km family race that was introduced.
“During the 2017 edition, we had over 73,000 participants, which have made us the second best marathon in Africa. For the 2018 edition, we are looking at having over 100,000 participants because of the 10km family race we are introducing.”
“The prize money of $50,000 will remain for this edition but the first Nigeria to cross prize money has been increased from N1 million to N3 million,” said Victor Etuokwu, the Executive Director at Access Bank.
The winner of the 10km family race will go home with a brand new car from one of the sponsors, GAC Motor.
Chief Executive Officer of Access Bank, Herbert Wigwe, said, “We are committed to the dream of telling a new story about Lagos, Nigeria and Africa. It has been said that if we fail to tell our stories ourselves, others will tell it for us in their own way.
“The Access Bank Lagos City Marathon is an event that has come to stay and we are determined to tell the world that Lagos and Nigeria is capable of hosting world-class events and competitions.
“With the support of the other sponsors – Seven-up Bottling Company, GAC Motor, among others – and the efforts of the consultants, Bukola Olopade, the AFN and the media, I believe that the gold label we are working towards would be achieved sooner than we thought.”
Lagos State Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, who was represented by the Chairman of the Lagos State Sorts Commission, Deji Tinubu, said, “Lagos is using sport as a vehicle to help develop our youths. We are building a culture of tourism and telling the world that the environment in Lagos is good for business and recreation.”
Last year’s edition was won by Kenya’s Abraham Kiptum who defended his title when he cut the tape in 2:15.23 to claim $50,000.