Access Bank Lagos City Marathon 2023: 60,000 Runners Confirm Participation


The organisers of the 2023 edition of the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon has confirmed Over 60,0000 runners for the competition.

The sporting event is scheduled to hold on February 4th, 2023. Some analysts feel the organisers may shift the event over fears of electoral crisis
However it would be a big boost to Nigeria’s investment climate if the event can hold in February.

The 2023 edition of the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon is set to feature the return of the 10km race, the 42km Elite race, and the 42km Nigeria Men and Women race. As well as wheelchair category.

Speaking on the competition, the General Manager of the Gold Label race, Yusuf Ali said that the Marathon is already in auto drive.

The former African record holder in the Long Jump noted that the target of the organisers is to have two Elite Label races in one single city at the same time, with the 10km race also attaining the Label Elite status. 

This year’s 10km race will be opened to as many Elite runners from across Africa and the world as possible, to raise the race’s status towards attaining the Gold Label status in the 10km, in next few years.

According to the organisers, the target is to have two Gold Label races in a single city running side by side both in the full and 10km races. While also working very hard to uplift the full Marathon that is already a Gold Label race to a Platinum Label race.

Yusuf Ali said “The Lagos City Marathon is already in auto drive. The Nilayo Sports Management Limited is ready for the large number of runners associated with the Gold Label races all over the world. Most Gold Label races in the world host between 50,000 to 80,000 runners.

“We are ready for the large number. Last year we had 20,000 runners, and for this year we are hoping to have over 20,000 more than last year’s. The organisers are equal to the task. In past Marathons, the company hosted Marathons that had 120,000 runners successfully. The vastly experienced organisers are equal to the task.

“We are ready for the first Gold Label race in Nigeria on February 4,” he added.

The 1st, 2nd and 3rd position of the Nigeria 42km races winner will be going home with 3million, 2million, and 1million naira respectively.

The 1st, 2nd, and 3rd position of the 10km races winner will be rewarded #1million, #750, 000 and #500, 000 respectively.

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