Lagos City Marathon: Ambode guarantees instant prizes

Winners at the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon have been assured instant payment of their winning prizes as already guaranteed by the Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode.

The event billed for February 11 also comes with added incentives for physically challenged persons.

The Project Consultant, Bukola Olopade, has revealed that all physically challenged runners participating in the race will get appearance fee.

Olopade said the appearance fee for physically challenged runners will be paid by race sponsor Access Bank, 7 Up, Bet Naija, the General Manager of Marathon Yussuf Alli and his company Nilayo Nigeria Limited.

“We are grateful to the Governor of Lagos State His Excellency Akinwunmi Ambode for making available the prize money for all categories of athletes before the race. All runners competing in this edition of the marathon will get their prize money as soon as they cross the line and are presented medals.”

Olopade said only athletes whose samples are collected by doping officers for test will not get their prize money until the results of the test are out.

He urged Lagosians to emulate their counterparts in other parts of the world and come out in their thousands to support the runners, “this edition is bigger and better but the main ingredient in any sporting event is the fans and am appealing to Lagosians to emulate their counterparts in New York, Accra, London, Dubai and other parts of the world and come out enmass to cheer the runners’’.

Olopade also said at the finish point on February 11will have who is who in music in Nigeria like Olamide , Davido, Techno, Seyi Shey, Kiss Daniel, Koker, Melrouge, Small Doctor and Jire will be performing at the finish.


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Born July 13, 1965, Fred Edoreh hails from Umeh, Isoko South, Delta State. He attended St. John Primary School, Iselegu, Mater Dei Collage Ashaka, St. Patrick’s Grammar School, Asaba for HSC and graduated in English and Literary Studies at Bendel State University, Ekpoma.
He went into journalism in 1990 with Newbreed Magazine and later crossed over to television production with Ultimate Sports and Soccerworld on the Nigeria Televsion Authority.
He subsequently moved to pioneer Internet publishing in Nigeria with Nigeriasports.com and was later employed at Silverbird Television from where he moved as Editor of Weekend Sports at Naational Mirror Newspapers.
He currently publishes the online sports website www.sportstalkafrica.com besides and also runs a sports marketing outfit, Westcoast Works and Projects, managing and marketing live radio broadcast of the Nigeria Professional Football League.

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