OVER four thousand runners from 42 countries around the world have registered to participate in the 2019 Access Bank Lagos City Marathon.
This figure does not include over two hundred professional runners mostly from Asia, Europe, America, Kenya, Ethiopia and other East, Central and South African countries.
Access Bank Lagos City Marathon Head of Communications and Media Olukayode Thomas revealed that Americans are the highest number of foreigners that will be coming to Lagos for 2019 race slated for February 2, 2019.
Japanese are a close second. Other countries whose citizens have registered for the 2019 race include Holland, Germany, Israel, Poland, England, New Zealand, Canada, Egypt, Austria, Tunisia, Norway, Denmark and others.
Thomas is optimistic that the number will increase before the close of entries in January 2019.
In the first edition of the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon in 2016 about a hundred runners from fifteen countries participated, in 2017 there were over a thousand runners from 20 countries and the 2018 edition had over two thousand runners from 30 countries.
Bukola Olopade the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon consultant attributed the increase in the number of tourists coming to Lagos for the race to Governor Akinwunmi Ambode’s several initiatives and beautification of Lagos State since he was elected governor and has made the state tourist friendly.
“We thank Governor Ambode for the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon which is driving a high number of tourists to Lagos annually but apart from the marathon his beautification of Lagos and other laudable projects like the One Lagos Fiesta and others have turned Lagos State into a tourist destination.”
Olopade assured that the 2019 edition of the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon will be better than the previous editions in several areas, “this year, we are expecting about one hundred and fifty thousand runners, I can assure you that we are planning for more than figure, we have expanded the recovery areas and medals and certificates that will go round all the runners, entertainment, as usual, will be world class, this edition will be an experience of a lifetime for runners and spectators.” Said Olopade.
The accreditation process for media practitioners interested in covering the 2019 Access Bank Lagos City Marathon is still ongoing and would now end on Thursday, January 17, 2019.
The Head of Communications and Media for the marathon, Olukayode Thomas, said on Wednesday that the 2019 Access Bank Lagos City Marathon Media Seminar where accredited journalists will have the opportunity to brainstorm with the organizers will hold January 23, 2019, at the Sports Bar of the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere, Lagos.
Accredited journalists will pick up their tags between January 21 and 22, 2019, at the Marathon Office, Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere.
The accreditation tag will serve as entry tag into the Media Seminar. Journalists not accredited will not be allowed to into the seminar.
“The portal for the media accreditation is already up and running, we enjoin those that are interested to visit the site and register promptly,” he said.
While stating that it is very important for all journalists that want to be part of 2019 Access Bank Lagos City Marathon to get accredited, Thomas said there are limited spaces for this edition.
“For better management and effectiveness, we have limited spaces this year, that is why we are calling for early registration, the process will also be stricter this term as only professional media practitioners are welcomed to apply” Thomas declared.
The Head of Communication and Media for the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon revealed that the organizers have already lined up renowned resource persons for January 2019 to help journalists that would be coming from different parts of the world improve on their reportage of marathon races.
“We are already speaking to some resource persons both in the IAAF and CAA to come over and brainstorm with our journalists, they have been very supportive over the years and they deserve to be encouraged with training exercises like these” Thomas posited.
The organizers warned that there will be no last-minute registrations or extension of dates.
To further ease the media accreditation process, forms have also been made available to be picked up at the Marathon office and at the SWAN Lagos office.
The 2019 Access Bank Lagos City Marathon is billed to take place on February 2, 2019.