Access Bank set for 2nd edition of Lagos City marathon

Access Bank is once again set to host the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon billed to hold on February 11, 2017. The marathon which is now in its second edition will have no fewere than 50,000 athletes from across the world as participants.

This was made known at a world press conference at Lagos House in Ikeja on Sunday. Managing Director of Access Bank, Mr. Herbert Wigwe, expressed optimism that the 2017 edition of the race would be bigger and better.

He said Access Bank was glad to partner with Lagos State, noting that the success of the first edition did not only showcase Lagos to be an avenue for sports development, but also for the growth of tourism and youth development.

Also present at the conference was the Lagos State governor, Akinwunmi Ambode said the government was working to ensure that the 2017 edition of the Lagos City Marathon would see a major improvement compared to the maiden edition.

He also said that as a result of the success of the maiden edition, several individuals and corporate organisations have contacted the organisers of the Marathon to partner towards ensuring a successful tourney, adding that it would go a long way to engage and empower thousands of Lagosians in various sectors.

The 2017 edition would feature the top 10 men and women marathoners in the world, who would also be joined by many gold label, silver label and bronze label marathoners from different parts of the world.
Appearance fees for gold label runners is $50,000, silver label $20,000 and bronze label $10,000, while invited local and foreign elite runners would be paid 50 per cent of their appearance fee now and balance up when they arrive Lagos for the tourney.

About 33, 753 runners including 65 elite marathoners from different parts of the world and over 100 local elite runners participated in the 2016 edition held February 6 this year, while the marathon was adjudged as one of the best in the world ranking number 68.


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