This morning over 80,000 runners will take over
the streets of Lagos searching for athletics glory
and fun as the second edition of the Access
Bank/ Lagos City Marathon comes alive.
Lagos is aiming to create a marathon that will be
in the world top ten bracket of races. With the
active involvement of the Lagos State Governor,
Akinwummi Ambode, it will be interesting to see
how it goes.
The maiden edition in 2016, left much to be
desired, but organising committee officials have
promised to do a better job, which will make
participants and spectators feel proud to have
taken part in the event
“Last year was a rushed job. It took us only a
couple of weeks to plan, whereas you need to
work a whole calendar year to put this kind of
race together,” said Bukola Olapade who is a
consultant to the Access Bank/ Lagos City
“But we have worked out every detail this year.
Governor, Ambode has ensured that all the
logistics are in place and what remains is to put
up a good show.
“This year marks the silver jubilee of Lagos State,
and the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon is one
of the events lined up to celebrate the
anniversary. It is going to be a big event, and
people from far and near, including volunteers
from the United States of America and the United
Kingdom are in town to witness the occasion”, he
The 42km race will start at the National Stadium
in Surulere, Lagos and terminate at the Eko
Atlantic City in Victoria Island. A good list of world
elite runners registered to contest for the $50,000
dollars top prize on offer in the men and women
categories. One of such is Abraham Kiptum of
Kenya, who won the maiden edition. Local
Nigerian elite runners will also test their might
with the intention of breaking into the list of top
finishers. They have been assured of their own
separate prize money, since they cannot cope
with the pace of the East African runners.
Race manager, Yusuf Alli disclosed measures
have been taken to ensure an orderly conduct of
runners. He added that motorists have also been
put on notice to avoid the roads, in order not to
create chaos during the course of the race.
“We have put everything in place to deliver a
hitch-free marathon. The medics, security
personnel and technical officials have been well
briefed, and we expect things to turn out well,”
said the former African long jump champion.