Access Bank Lagos City Marathon: Organisers Sign Pacemakers To Avoid Tactical Running

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Determined to get the elite male and female runners to run inside 2.10 minutes and 2.20 minutes respectively, the organisers of the February 11th, 2017 Access Bank Lagos City Marathon have signed on two pace-makers for the second edition of the race.

The two pace makers commissioned to ensure fairness are:

Imiron Kirwa: winner of the 2009 Hamburg Half Marathon and Vienna Marathon both in 2009 with personal best of 2:06:14.

Elkana Kiptum Ruto with 2:24:00.

General manager Yussuf Alli revealed that the two pacemakers will exit the race at 36 kilometres of the 42. 192 kilometres race.

“We want our race to be ranked among the world’s elite races before our fifth edition. This is why we are using the pace makers so that our elite men can run inside 2 hours. 10 minutes and the elite women inside 2 hours. 20 minutes.

If we can achieve this in our second edition, with our weather, the world will salute us, and that will improve our ranking from the current number 71 in the world.

Our aim is the top twenty in the world by the fifth edition.”

Alli dismissed fears that the pacemakers may break the agreement if at 36 kilometres; other runners are still far behind, “It will never happen because we have a contract with them that they must stop at the 36 kilometres mark. Peradventure they decide to break the agreement, they will not be entitled to any prize money, and they will also wear a different running bib which clearly identifies them as pace makers.”

Alli is pleased with the response of elite athletes, fun runners and even charity organisations to the second edition of the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon race, “the response is overwhelming, over 40,000 response in the first few days. Nothing can beat that,” said Alli.


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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