The General Coordinator of the Lagos Women Run, Tayo Popoola, has disclosed that the event which has been scheduled to hold on Saturday November 11, 2017 is in line with the Lagos State’s Government’s initiative for women.
The state governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, is always happy when he sees women engage in sports events with a common purpose of eradicating vices which negatively affects womanhood.
She noted that: “The Lagos Women Run is a 10 kilometre run where women from different spheres of life will converge to do a lot of things together. It’s not just about a group of women in a sports competition racing to reach the finish line so as to win the prize money. It is a run that comes in many facets with a lot of attachments. There will be women who will come and run against cancer, some will run for campaign against women brutality and other social vices against the well-being of women which have been frowned at by the society.
“The Lagos State government has initiated a lot of programmes to campaign against all these and seeing the Lagos Women Run boost the initiative through sports is a measure that has been commended by the Governor himself especially as the Run’s objective is to get women to the starting point of fitness through RUN. Among other, the event is expected to bring awareness to the general public about issues affecting women such as Sexual abuse, female child education, family and issues of equality.”
Tayo Popooola, who is also the first woman Taekwondo practitioner in Nigeria, noted that, there are different categories of participants. There are some who will walk all through the 10 kilometres, while some other will be on wheel chairs and some others will race to beat the time recorded last year.
The stage is set for the 2017 edition of the Lagos Women Run which flags off from the National Stadium, Surulere, Lagos. With the success of the 2016 edition, the number of participants for this year’s event is already more than what was recorded last year.