Oluwaseun Olamide, winner of the Nigeria women prize money at the inaugural edition of the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon, held in 2016, has vowed not only to reclaim her title on Saturday, February 10, 2018 but also challenge East African and other elite runners for the ultimate prize.
“It’s a shame I finished eighth last year,’’ she said. ‘’I was just recovering from injury; but this time I am injury free and psychologically I am in the right frame of mind as I won the two road races I competed in recently. The races were part of my build up to the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon.”
After her not too impressive showing at the 2017 edition, Olamide has won the Lagos Women Run and ARM Pensions Marathon.
With the increase in the Nigeria prize money from N1m to N3m, and the ultimate prize money of $50,000, Olamide definitely is looking at a big pay day.
“Winning the prize money will be a good thing, but my aim is to show the world that Nigeria is not just a sprint nation and that we have very good marathoners who can compete against the best in the world.’’
Meanwhile,the General Manager of the marathon,Yussuf Alli will, on Monday, begin the training of technical and security personnel that will oversee the race.
According to Alli, “we need about 250 technical officials to run a successful race, but we shall be training about 350 in case we have emergency need for more technical hands; then we will have a pool of trained officials who can replace them.”
Alli also revealed that police men and other security operatives that would be working before and during the marathon will be trained.
“We are not training security officials how to do security job; rather we shall be teaching them the work ethics during a sports event. We will ensure they are familiar with accreditation and who get access to certain restricted places.’’
Alli urged runners and thousands of fans who would gather at the finish line to cooperate with the technical and security personnel.
“The Access Bank Lagos City Marathon has become an international event. For this edition, there will be thousands of visitors in Lagos, many of them runners, officials of IAAF, athlete managers and others, our behavior will be part of the impressions that will take home about Nigeria. So I am appealing to my brothers and sisters to conduct themselves as good ambassadors of Lagos and Nigeria and cooperate with technical officials and security personnel.’’
Alli says the full marathon, which starts at the National Stadium and end at Eko Atlantic City, will start by 6.30am, while the 10Km road races, which starts at the Lekki end of Ikoyi-Lekki Bridge and end at Eko Atlantic City, will start at 8.30am.