Preparations are in top gear for the maiden Warri Peace Marathon billed for May 28 in Warri Delta State
According to organisers of the event, the 10km race is opened to local athletes and keep fit enthusiasts in Delta and environs.
The Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) has permitted the race, while the Delta State government has pledged moral and financial support for a successful outing in the first edition.
Race Promoter, Joyce Bozimo, said at the weekend that plans were at advanced stage to make the marathon a success.
“Things are shaping up for the event and we are looking forward to a good outing on May 28.
“The major reason for the marathon is to propagate peaceful coexistence among the tribes and communities that make up Delta State. We also want to reassure the youths that there is much more to life and healthy living instead of taking to crime and violent conducts,” said Mrs Bozimo.
She disclosed that the Delta State government is keying into the event as part of its SMART agenda to move the state towards sustainable development and progress.
“We have a lot talented youths in the state and sports are one of the avenues the government is looking at as a vehicle to help build capacity for the youths.
“The government is also committed to peaceful coexistence in the state. So we are working together with the Delta Sports Commission to deliver a memorable marathon,” concludes the race promoter.