Refugee runners and elite athletes to participate in Lagos Marathon

Posted : 07 February 2024

Approximately 81 elite runners, including 29 gold label women athletes, have officially confirmed their participation in the 9th Access Bank Lagos City Marathon scheduled for Saturday. 

The General Manager of the Lagos City Marathon, Yusuf Ali, expressed optimism about the rich and world-class field, anticipating the potential for a new course record on February 10. 

Chief Bukola Olopade, the CEO of Nilayo Sports Management Limited, the organizers of the marathon, revealed that 15 refugee runners endorsed by the United Nations will be part of the competitive field.

Yusuf Ali, a former Africa's Long Jump record holder, highlighted the significance of securing confirmation from over 81 world-class Gold Label runners, especially as preparations are underway for the 10th edition of the race. 

The organizers aim to elevate the marathon from its Gold Label status to the prestigious Platinum Label. The presence of elite runners like former world record holder Demis Kipmeto and female standout Valary Jemeli enhances the likelihood of achieving this milestone.

The marathon is poised to attract top-tier athletes, with a focus on producing exceptional performances that could lead to the coveted Platinum Label. 

The inclusion of renowned runners with impressive records, such as Kelkile Gezahegan and Kiptoo Edwin, raises the event's stature. Demis Kipmeto holds an impressive record of 2 hours 02 minutes and 57 seconds, contributing to the race's potential elevation.

Yusuf Ali emphasized that the 9th Access Bank Lagos City Marathon will serve as a platform to identify qualifiers for the upcoming Olympic Games in Paris 2024. 

He anticipates a remarkable race with adherence to high standards, including air quality control assessed by World Athletics. The marathon aligns with the global standards observed in top-tier marathon events worldwide.


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