Lagos - Top stars expected to add glamour to the Lagos City
Marathon have all arrived in the Center of Excellence and they have been
talking tough with their eyes on winning the juicy prizes on offer in
Saturday's 42km race.
While collecting their running bibs and numbers on Thursday
at the Lagos Marathon Office inside the Teslim Balogun Stadium, the athletes
vow to give their best as they remain optimistic of a great show on Saturday.
Peter Kiplagat who won the 2015 Geneva Marathon said he
hopes to finish the 42km race inside 2hrs 17 minutes adding that the time
should see him among the top finishers.
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“I am very excited to be in Lagos for their first City
marathon, I have been training hard for this, this is my first time in Lagos
and this is also my first big race of the year, I am here to win, I hope that
happens on Saturday,” Kiplagat declared.
Also another first-timer in Lagos, Morocco’s Khalid Lablea
said he is positive of having a good race in Lagos despite seeing all the star
athletes also in town from Kenya, Ethiopia and other countries for the
The General Manager for the marathon race, Yussuf Alli said
it was pleasing to see all the athletes show up for the race even as he added
that they will be going on a route tour on Friday to familiarise themselves
with the road .
Well over 20,000 runners are expected to feature in the
February 6 Access Bank Lagos City Marathon which is the first of its kind in
over three decades.
About N92 million is also up for grabs for marathoners who
can run from the Old Lagos (National Stadium Surulere) to New Lagos (Eko
Atlantic City), a distance of 42.195 kilometres.For
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