‘150,000 Runners To Participate At 2019 Access Bank Lagos City Marathon’
Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State has predicted that more than 150,000 runners will participate in the 2019 Access Bank Lagos City Marathon, which he described as a dream that will never die.
Speaking on Monday, the governor assured that he will invest more in the event, which he sees as an avenue to empower the youths.
He said: “We will continue to push more money into the event, especially towards the local athletes and the physically challenged ones.”
The governor further predicted that the 2019 edition would surpass all previous editions of the marathon race.
Ambode said: “Over 120,000 athletes participated in last year’s edition, but I expect that the 2019 edition should attract over 150,000 participants. We will continue to make history with the Access Bank Lagos City marathon.”
He praised the organisers of the event, particularly the chairman of Nilayo Sports Management Company, Bukola Olopade, whose initiative gave birth to the Access Bank Lagos City marathon in 2015.
“Olopade is a good marketer. He can sell anything. He came to my office holding a piece of paper, and after he spoke for just five minutes, I was totally convinced, and that was the beginning of the journey in 2015. I must commend his effort.”
While assuring that the Lagos City marathon had come to stay, the Chief Executive Officer of Access Bank, Herbert Onyewumbu Wigwe, urged the organisers to do everything possible to make sure that the 2019 edition of the marathon gets the IAAF silver label.
The marathon is expected to hold on February 2, 2019.