Headline sponsor of the Lagos City Marathon, Access Bank, has said it is involved in the sponsorship of the race as a strategy towards helping to build a stronger economy for the nation.
The Executive Director, Private Banking, of the Bank, Victor Etokwu, indicated this on Thursday at a press conference held at the Eko Hotels, Lagos, to unfold plans for the successful organization of the event as well as introduce elite athletes from various parts of the world who have arrived for the completion.
“We see the Marathon as not just a competition but a way of life. We all want a stronger economy for our country but to build a stronger economy we need to build a healthy people to work at it. We cannot expect to achieve a stronger economy with people who are weak and sick. We need the public to understand that running and active engagement in sports gives health. Everybody has to adopt this good life style,” Etokwu said.
“The Access Bank Lagos City Marathon has come to stay and we are always happy to host the event each year. We are pleased to see that every edition comes with something new. This year, we have the 10km race added and we are happy to see that as at the last count about 45,000 people have applied for this category besides the about 150,000 entries for the main marathon. And, in just two years, we have achieved the Bronze Label and now seeking to attain a Gold Label. Not many of such events across the world achieve this trajectory. Access Bank is also happy to be part of a good ecosystem comprising Lagos State, the Athletics Federation of Nigeria, great athletes, entertainment stars, sponsors and the media.
“We want to make it a record setting event, for the world to see that out of Africa the best can happen. For this, I urge the participants to run hard, run smart and set records.”