Athletes battle for $370000 as Access Bank Lagos City Marathon holds

Head of the Organizing Committee of the marathon, and Executive Director of Access Bank, Victor Otoko, said the marathon would improve on the success of the first edition previous year.

In 2016, the Kenyan athlete, Abraham Kiptum won the maiden edition of the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon race with a time of 2 hours, 16 minutes and 19 seconds.

Organisers of the event announced yesterday in Lagos that among the competitors are 64 elite professional athletes and 102 Nigerians.

In the female category, Tanui Rodah from Kenya claimed the first prize with the sum N1million, while Fridah Lodepa and Alice Timbilli both also from Kenya, won the second and third position with the time of two hours, 38 minutes and 21 seconds respectively.

According to Mr Akinwunmi Ambode, adequate preparations have been put in place to ensure a successful event, assuring that the marathon had been created to be bigger and better than the previous edition.

"We want to show the world that Lagos can be and Lagos can do what it is expected of it as a mega city", said Ambode on Friday.

In his welcome address, Group Managing Director, Access Bank Plc, Dr Herbert Wigwe, said they were proud to hold the second edition of the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon, adding that the turn out was very impressive.

Marathon: Lagos 2017 edition kicks off.

"Competitions of this magnitude are good for our sports development, good for the host city and also good for tourism development, " he said.

A total prize money of $370,000, made up of $185,000 for the men runners and $185,000 for women is up for grab in today's event.

  • Joanne Flowers