Lagos - Determined to get the elite male and female runners
to run inside 2.10 minutes and 2.20 minutes respectively, the organizers of the
February 11, 2017 Access Bank Lagos City Marathon have signed on two
pace-makers for the second edition of the race.
According to General Manager, Yussuf Alli, the two pace
makers are Imiron Kirwa, winner of the 2009 Hamburg Half Marathon and Vienna
Marathon both in 2009 with personal best of 2:06:14 and Elkana Kiptum Ruto with
Alli revealed that the two pacemakers will exit the race at
36 kilometers of the 42. 192 kilometers race.
“We want our race to be ranked among the world’s elite races
before our fifth edition. This is why we are using the pace makers so that our
elite men can run inside 2 hours. 10 minutes and the elite women inside 2
hours. 20 minutes. If we can achieve this in our second edition, with our
weather, the world will salute us, and that will improve our ranking from the
current number 71 in the world. Our aim is the top twenty in the world by the fifth
Alli dismissed fears being entertained in some quarters that
the pacemakers may break the agreement if at 36 kilometers; other runners are
still far behind.
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“It will never happen because we have a contract with them
that they must stop at the 36 kilometers mark. Peradventure they decide to
break the agreement, they will not be entitled to any prize money, and they
will also wear a different running bib which clearly identifies them as pace
Alli is pleased with the response of elite athletes, fun
runners and even charity organizations to the second edition of the race, “the
response is overwhelming, over 40,000 response in the first few days. Nothing
can beat that," said Alli.
News24 report that
Seven-Up Bottling Company has officially joined the Access Bank Lagos City
Marathon as the official water of the nation’s number one marathon.
The company’s water, Aquafina, is now the race official
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