|Athletes earlier today defied early morning downpour to participate at the 4th Access Bank Lagos City Marathon.|
According to reports, the competition which started at 6.25 a.m. had about 20,000 runners.
Some of the competitors passed the night around the National Stadium, Surulere to be close to the starting point of the 42km race and avoid lateness.
An athlete, Babafemi Collins told National Wire he had to pass the night at a friend’s place near Surulere to be able to participate.
Babafemi, 31, said he would have not been able to participate if he had to journey from his house located at Egbeda area of Lagos.
“I knew since Friday I may not meet up if coming from Orelope, Egbeda axis so I made an arrangement with a friend to pass the night at his place in Surulere,” he said.
Another athlete, Olufunmi Brown said the early morning downpour was a shower of blessing for the race.
“I’m a first timer at the Lagos marathon and I think the rain will provide enough comfort as athletes will not easily get dehydrated,” she said, also praying that the event goes well without any injury.
Residents around the Surulere axis of the Lagos metropolis and along the route of the marathon are however happy to witness another marathon and according to them it is a good sight to behold.
Commending the organisers, Access Bank, another athlete, Balarabe Yusuf said, “It is a good development and the bank must be encouraged. They are really contributing to sports and well being of Nigerians.”
In the international category, the first place winner will cart home a $50,000, second position will receive $40,000 and the third position will get $30,000.
In the Nigerian category, the first place winner will receive a sum of N3 million, second position will win N2 million, while the third position gets N1 million.