Everything seems to be in place for the staging of the 2019 Access Bank Lagos City Marathon this Saturday, February 2, in Lagos.
According to the General Manager of the race, Yusuf Ali, all logistics and plans have been perfected to ensure a hitch-free event this year as more than 4000 foreign athletes from 58 countries are expected this year while 2000 of them are from North America.
Ali, who spoke at the media seminar organized to acquaint journalists with the basics rules of the tournament said some of the top athletes are expected in the country from 29th of January as plans are in top gear to stage a befitting competition this year.
For the initiator of the race, Bukonla Olopade, the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon would continue to grow in leaps and bounds as the organizers are also willing to learn from other world-class marathons across the world.
“We want to continue to get better and the only way we can get better is to take a cue from top class marathons like the New York and Dubai Marathons where we were recently to understudy them. We are hopeful that we will get better this year and ready to correct some of our mistakes as the tournament continues to grow,” he added.
The routes are as followed:
Start point – The Marathon Route will start at the National Stadium, Surulere
The runners go towards Ojuelegba Bridge, Ikorodu Road, (on top of Fela Bridge), towards Anthony under Anthony Bridge, under Maryland Bridge, move towards Ojota, pass by the Total Filling Station and turn right towards Alapere towards to Ogudu, go by Ogudu junction towards Oworosoki and head towards Third Mainland Bridge, after Adeniji Adele, turn right towards Ikoyi on the bridge, go through Osborne Road, turn left to Parkview and head towards Lekki/Ikoyi Bridge, at bottom of bridge, turn right to Admiralty Way, at the entrance of Lekki Phase 1, turn right towards Lekki Toll Gate, head to Ozumba Mbadiwe, go by 1004 and Radisson Blu Hotel towards Bonny Camp, turn left at the roundabout going towards Ahmadu Bello Way, go by Federal Palace Hotel, Silverbird Galleria, NTA and then Bar Beach
Finish point -Eko Atlantic.
Partners of the marathon include Aquafina, 7up, Eko Atlantic, Kia Motors amongst others. The 2019 edition of the race is targeted at setting new world records.