Everybody knows that the Kenyans think that marathon running is their birthright. You’ll just be running for the bus and you’ll see a Kenyan running beside you in the off-chance that it is a marathon. And who could blame them? They’re pretty good at it. So good that last year’s winner for the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon was Kenyan Abraham Kiptum. But Nigerians refuse to be left in the shade. Oh no, not on their own home turf!
Number one Nigerian female runner, Oluwaseun Olamide, has set a higher target for herself this year. Not satisfied with being the first female to cross the finish line last year, she sets her sights on loftier goals. The petite teen wishes to break into the overall top five athletes in the female category.
“I finished in 18th position overall last year but this time, I want to be at least in the top 10 or even in the top five,” Olamide said.
Seen sweating it out at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Lagos on Wednesday, Olamide said she is leaving nothing to chance even as she revealed that she began intensive training over a month ago in order to fulfil her mission at the 2017 Access Bank Lagos City Marathon.
“I have been preparing since last year December and I am confident it is going to be good again in 2017, I have not run in any races in recent times because I am fully focused on the Lagos marathon,” she said.
Regardless of the star-studded cast of athletes expected across the world to feature in the 2017 Access Bank Lagos City Marathon, ‘Nigeria’s Marathon Queen‘ said she is undaunted but actually excited that she will be rubbing shoulders with the very best in the world.
“I have heard of the big names coming again for this year’s race but I am not bothered, for me there is nothing special about the Kenyans or Ethiopians, once you believe in yourself and train as hard as they do then you can be sure to rub shoulders with them” the courageous and skilled Olamide said.
Olamide, the one who silenced the naysayers and those concerned about her small frame said, “It was a big surprise to some people that I am an athlete due to my small stature, a bigger surprise when people realised that I am into long distance race but with my performances I have made them to understand that it is not just about bragging but training and your inner strength as an athlete.”
Gurl, we are all cheering you on! We can’t wait to see what your hard work, training and dedication will do for you in the upcoming 2017 Access Bank Lagos City Marathon!
Register For The Marathon!
Not yet registered for the 2017 Access Bank Lagos City Marathon? Details below:
Date: Saturday, 11th February, 2017
Race Start Time: 7.30am PROMPT
Start Point: Western Avenue, in front of the National Stadium Surulere, opposite Teslim Balogun Stadium
Finish: In front of Eko Atlantic City, Victoria Island.
Application Form Can be downloaded here >> Lagos City Marathon New Entry Registration Form
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