Lagos - Though the 2016 Lagos City Marathon will not flag
off until February 6, the main lead up activities to the first full
international marathon in Nigeria in 30 years, Lagos City Marathon Expo, starts
on Monday at the Teslim Balogun Stadium.
First of its kind in Nigeria, Marathon Expos are integral of
big marathon races worldwide with major marathons like New York, Dubai, London,
Boston, Chicago, Tokyo, Berlin drawing thousands of vendors and exhibitors
The theme of the Lagos City Marathon is Hospitality,
Wellness and Wellbeing. Over the weekend, some of the exhibitors were seen
mounting their stands in readiness for Monday, the day one of the Expo.
Corporate organizations and government bodies expected at
the Expo include Access Bank the title
sponsor of Lagos City Marathon, Gsk, Ladel’s Baby Centre, Airtel, another
sponsor of the marathon, Food Clique, Oniru Family, Eko Hotel, Lagos State
Ministry of Tourism, SuperSport and a host of others.
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Tayo Popoola, the Lagos City Marathon head of Events and
Ceremony said the aim of the marathon is to bring all the stakeholders in the
health, wellness, and wellbeing industry together to promote a healthier
“The essence of the Lagos City Marathon is not just about
elite athletes, economic benefits, showcasing Lagos to the world and other good
benefits that marathon will bring to Lagos and Nigeria, more than these, we
also aim to promote the culture of running which scientists have proved to be
beneficial to the human body, when you have healthier citizens, you have better
workforce and spend less on health and healthcare.’’
Popoola also revealed that all the athletes including elite
runners, fun runners and other class of runners will collect their kits at the
She also revealed that there will be food, music and drinks,
while celebrities from media, musicians, actors, traditional rulers and other
class very important Nigerians will be guest of the Expo daily.
Hon. Deji Tinubu, the Special Adviser and Chairman Lagos State
Sports Commission who is also the Chairman of the Organizing Committee Lagos
City Marathon will formally declare the Expo open on Thursday. Curtain draws on
Expo on February 3.For
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