As preparations for the 2018 Lagos City Marathon shifts to a higher gear, general manager of the event, Yusuf Alli, is optimistic, that the race will become an IAAF Gold Labelled race before its fifth edition.
Cross Section of the 2017 Access Bank Lagos City Marathon Participant at the starting point in National Stadium Surulere Lagos.At the 2017 Access Bank Lagos City Marathon in Lagos.PHOTO;AKEEM SALAU
Last week, Lagos City Marathon, with its maiden edition in February 2016, joined the global elite family as the IAAF granted the race a Bronze Label status after just two editions.
“This is a worthy feat and I must confess that it would not have been possible without the vision and support of our Chairman, His Excellency, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, the Executive Governor of Lagos State.” Alli revealed that Governor Ambode gave the Organizing Committee all the assistance they required to succeed.
“We need to commend his vision to organize the marathon in the first place. Past administrations were not receptive to the idea, and within two years, the Lagos City Marathon has not only become Africa’s foremost one-day event, it joined the league of the best marathons in the world like New York, London Berlin, Tokyo and others by being awarded an IAAF Label”
Alli said the Lagos City Marathon target for 2018 is the IAAF Silver Label which we believe is achievable, adding, “ to get the Gold Label, all we need do is increase our elite field, build a world-class media station at finish, complete closure of route to vehicular movement and others. I know with the support of our amiable Chairman, Governor Ambode, we will achieve the Gold Label by our fifth edition”. Said Alli.