Though the 2017 Access Bank Lagos City Marathon is slated for February 11, about 17 days away, the General Manager Marathon Yussuf Alli is confident Lagos will stage a world-class marathon if the event is taking place tomorrow.
“The Governor of Lagos State, His Excellency Akinwumi Ambdode has been of tremendous assistance to the Organising Committee, we have put in place everything we need to organise a good race, from technical to events, security and others, I can assure all class of participants from elite runners to fun runners and charity runners that if the marathon is to take place tomorrow we are ready to stage a world class event”.
Alli who has managed many international mega events like the All African Games said Governor Ambode has provided all the assistance needed including support from Lagos State Government agencies like Lastma, Kia, Lassa and others.
He urged Lagosians to reciprocate Governor Ambode’s gesture by coming out in their hundreds of thousands to cheer the runners, to obey road closure signals and show the positive side of Lagos to thousands of visitors from within and outside the country that will visit Lagos for the 2nd Access Bank Lagos City Marathon.
The General Manager also implored runners, especially the fun runners and those running for charities to remember that the cut time is seven hours.
“Marathons worldwide have their cut off time, for some its five hours other eight or more but for our race the cut of time is seven hours. The race starts by 7.am and we expect the last runner to be at the finish by 2pm, peradventure a runner is not at the finish line by 2 pm, medical officials will provide a vehicle that will transport such runners to the finish, we urge all runners to obey and comply with their instructions as roads that are closed will be opened after the cut off time’’.