The organizers of the 21-kilometer Gov. Douye Diri Marathon announced on Tuesday that no fewer than 250 elite athletes are expected to participate in the race scheduled for Saturday in Yenagoa, Bayelsa.
Igbeta Odonkumo, the initiator of the event, stated this on Tuesday.
The event is tagged 'Senator Douye Diri (SDD) Marathon.
Odonkumo said that the event would feature elite and teen categories, where the winners of the men's and women's events would each receive N500,000.
He mentioned that 50 secondary school students in Bayelsa would compete in the teen category of the event.
"We will also have those who will be running for leisure in a five-kilometer race from Otiotio junction in Yenagoa to Peace Park, Opposite Government House.
He said school bags would be handed to the 50 participating school athletes courtesy of the Gloria Diri Foundation.
The initiator said that the 21-kilometer elite category will start at 7 a.m. at the Glory Drive, behind Akenfa junction in Yenagoa, and would terminate at Peace Park, opposite Government House.
Odonkumo, who is the Chairman of the Bayelsa Marathon Club, said Diri will lead a cast of government officials and dignitaries to grace the event.
He solicited the support of sports journalists to give adequate publicity to the event.