10 km Race Strictly for Fun Runners, Says Olopade

Bukola Olopade

Bukola Olopade


Organiser of the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon, Hon Bukola Olopade, on Tuesday, advised professional athletes not to dream of winning any of the lucrative prizes for the 2019 Access Bank Lagos City Marathon race slated for February 2, 2019.

In a statement signed by Olukayode Thomas, Head Communications, and Media, Olopade said: “Any athlete registered by AFN, the IAAF or any other federation elsewhere in the world including state athletics associations are ineligible to participate in the 10km race, if they do and win, they will not get any of the prizes.”

The 10km races start at the Lekki Roundabout and finish at the Eko Atlantic City, Lagos.

Olopade, who is the Project Consultant, said apart from promoting the city of Lagos, encouraging tourism and other socio-economic benefits, the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon was conceived because of the immense health benefits that come with running, walking and jogging,

“We want our people to embrace exercise, running, jogging and walking as a way of life because of the immense health benefits that come with it. That is why one of our sponsors, Kia Motors, is giving away two cars to winners of the 10 km race and our other sponsors are also giving millions of Naira as prize money.”

Olopade said if the ordinary fun runner in Ajegunle or Ajah can win a car or millions of Naira,

“It will encourage others to embrace the culture of running as they will aim for the prizes, and by so doing, enjoy the health benefits of running. Healthy citizens mean a more productive workforce and less spending on healthcare by the government, thus money for healthcare can be channeled to other areas of need”.

The Race Organizer urges fun runners across Nigeria to register for the race,

“The prizes are strictly for fun runners, any professional athlete that participates will be disqualified. Registration is open online, at all Access Bank branches nationwide and in other parts of Lagos. Because of the city’s diversity; we have opened more centers for physical collection. One of our sponsors, RevolutionPlus Development Company, has been generous enough to allow us use their offices at Freedom Way, Lekki and Toyin Street, Ikeja as collection centres. That way, Lagosians in Lagos East and West need not come to the Marathon Office at Teslim Balogun Stadium, Lagos Central to pick forms”.

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