The Access Bank Lagos City Marathon is attracting more and more attention every year around the world, as evidenced by the number of high-profile runners competing for honours every year in Lagos. Already 35 Gold, 13 Silver and 12 Bronze Labelled Runners have already registered to compete in the event.
The General Manager for the Lagos Marathon, Yusuf Alli, said he was delighted by the big names’ interest in participating in the Access Bank Lagos City marathon.
Alli noted that the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon has surpassed the requirement for a Bronze label and has done enough to even get an IAAF / AIMS Gold label.
“This is fantastic, it is obvious that top runners across the world like the Lagos Marathon as they have been signifying their interests from Kenya to even Australia,” Alli stated.
The former Africa record holder in the Long Jump event predicted that a new course record might be set at this year’s marathon due to the stronger field of athletes that would be on parade.
“This year’s marathon will definitely be better than the previous ones, the quality of elite athletes coming have improved a great deal, so we are confident of a good show,” the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon General Manager assured.
Among other big names, Kenyan David Barmasai Tumo, who won the Dubai marathon in 2011, will compete in the Lagos Access Bank marathon in 2019.
His compatriots, Jacob Kibet Chulyo and Moses Kigen Kipkosgei are also expected to participate, along with Samuel Gebremichael from Australia.
The female field also boasts of some of the top runners in the world including the likes of Agnes Jeruto Kiptocich who finished as runners up in the 2017 Paris Marathon.
Caroline Cheptanui Kilel winner of the 2011 Boston Marathon, as well as Georgina Rono and Risper Jemeli Kimayo, are all pencilled down to run at the Lagos Marathon.
The 2019 Access Bank Lagos City Marathon will take place on Saturday, February
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