David Barsamai Tumo of Kenya has emerged the winner of the fifth Access Bank Lagos City Marathon. He completed the race in in Lagos yesterday under 2hrs 10mins 23secs, with a prize of 50,000 dollars.
In the female category, Cherop Sharon Jemutai, also of Kenya emerged first with 50,000 dollars. She completed the race in 2hrs 31mins 40secs.
The 42km event, started at National Stadium Surrulere at 6 30am and ended at Eko Atlantic City, Victoria Island Lagos.
In his address, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu commended the organisers of the Marathon, noting they have boosted the tourism potential of the State, promising that few years down the line, it would be a major event on the global marathon race calendar.
The Governor who joined the race at Marina pledged his administration’s continued effort at boosting sports and tourism in the State, adding that it is the beginning of his tourism agenda.
He said: “We want to put Lagos City Marathon on the global marathon calendar and we are on our way there. Very soon, it will become a marathon that athletes from every part of the world will come and join us. Today’s event is the beginning of our administration’s tourism agenda.
“We want Lagos to remain on the tourism master plan of athletes worldwide, we want marathon to also become part of us because we all want to live a healthy life. We want it to be a work and play environment, we want to keep fit and we want to make healthy running a way of life for all of us so that we can reduce sicknesses amongst ourselves.
Similarly, Group Managing Director, Access Bank PLC, Herbert Wigwe noted that over 50,000 runners participated in 2016 at the maiden edition of the marathon. As at last year, Lagos witnessed over 120,000 people participating in the marathon. Today an exceptional athlete will emerge to win the highly coveted trophy in addition to the 50,000dollars prize money for both male and female categories, while the second and third place will go home with 40,000dollars and 30,000dollars respectively.
In what has become a tradition, the first twenty Nigerian winners will receive cash prizes with first position getting 3,000 000 while the second and third positions will receive N2, 000,000 and N1, 000,000 respectively.
For the 10km fun race, the 1st position will receive the grand prize of a brand new car, while the 2nd and 3rd get N1, 000,000 and 750,000 respectively.
With the theme—‘More than a race’, he added that the 2020 Marathon represents the core of Access Bank’s journey to become Africa’s gateway to the world. Our approach to advancing Nigeria’s blossoming drive for health and fitness, through the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon, also reflects our capacity to always create value for stakeholders in the different segments of the society. We have made it our responsibility to encourage the general public in the adoption of a lifestyle that will promote good health and general well- being.
At Access Bank, we remain committed to continually impacting communities we serve through eliminating environmental and economic issues, as well as investing in activities that have strong impact on the social structure of these communities.