The Access Bank Lagos City Marathon has been given a bronze label by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).
This was conveyed to the organisers of the event earlier this week by the IAAF manager of road races, Alexxi Punzi.
The certification accords the Lagos Marathon the status of a full fledged international race event among only about 88 of such graded races worldwide.
The conditions for the award of IAAF label are stringent they include but not limited to an international elite field, the race course closed to vehicular traffic, route measured to the Association of International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS) standard, use of electronic timing to generate the results, a specified number of doping tests , equal prize money for the participants and others.
Reacting to the development, the event consultant, Bukola Olopade, expressed joy that the Lagos City Marathon has been able to meet such very stringent requirements in just a couple of years.
He expressed special gratitude to the Governor of Lagos State, Akinwunmi Ambode, for his vision on using sports as an instrument of social and economic development pointing out that he has been the main support plank for the advancement of the event.
He also thanked the key sponsor, Access Bank, and other partners and supporters for their belief in the event and confidence on the organisers.
With the stamp of the IAAF, it is expected that the next edition of the Lagos City Marathon will attract more top class international athletes to the field.