By TUNDE ELUDINI
Determined to ensure that the Access Bank Lagos City maintain its world standard for the third edition, the General Manager 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.’’
He 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.’’
The full marathon which starts at the National Stadium, Surulere to finish at Eko Atlantic City will start by 6.30am, while the 10Km road races will start at the Lekki end of Ikoyi-Lekki Bridge by 8.30am to end at Eko Atlantic City, will start at 8.30am.