Ever wondered how you can keep entertained while waiting for thousands of runners to complete their circuit? Well, the Lagos State governor, Akinwumi Ambode has put thought into this, and as all hands are on deck for an excellent marathon come February 11th, 2017, plans are being put in place. Yes, he has called for the creation of Marathon Fun Parks in the second turn-out of the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon.
The Marathon Fun Parks will give Lagosians who cannot make it to the finish line or the spectators who line the route to cheer the runners an opportunity to be a part of the event in a relaxed, fun filled environment.
The governor has charged the Marathon Organising Committee headed by Mr. Victor Etuokwu to work out modalities and look at the possibility of having fun parks for the 2017 edition. It is thought that these fun arenas will be stationed at Falomo or Teslim Balogun Stadium. The parks will give Lagosians the opportunity to watch one of the top 100 marathons in the world in a relaxed atmosphere with food, drinks and entertainment by their favourite musicians.
General Manager, Access Bank Lagos City Marathon, Yussuf Alli, praised Ambode’s initiative of introducing fun parks as a means of taking the culture and marathons to the people of Lagos, particularly in the outskirts.
“The benefits of marathons and road races are immense, the health benefits of walking, jogging, and running are immense as they prevent and cure many illnesses and diseases especially diabetes, hypertension and even cancer,” Alli said.
The former national athletics captain said Lagosians and Nigerians in general will benefit immensely if they embrace the culture of fitness in general and the marathon culture that Ambode is building and make it a way of life, “Walking, jogging and running produce healthier citizens, thus less spending by individuals, family and government on healthcare. It is a win-win situation for everybody,’’ 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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