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Access Bank Becomes Toast Of Town As Lagos Marathon Hots Up, N92m for Grab!

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At least 50 elite athletes who are part of the star-cast for this weekend’s Access Bank Lagos City Marathon will arrive in the country on Thursday….and Access bank is getting kudos here and there,for daring to throw her weight behind the laudable project.

The General Manager for the marathon race, Yussuf Alli revealed that most of the expected athletes will be coming from Kenya, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Bahrain, Cameroon and Rwanda.

Alli further stated that the incoming athletes will drive straight to the Expo Centre of the Marathon race at the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Surulere, Lagos to collect their race bibs and numbers.

The athletes will also be received by Chairman of Lagos State Sports Commission and head of the organising committee of the event, Deji Tinubu.

“We are expecting the bulk of our elite athletes on Thursday from their respective bases. They are all eager to be here for the Lagos City Marathon,” Alli stated.

Top on the list of those expected in Lagos on Thursday is Kenya’s Josphat Kifanni Too who has a personal best time of 2.08.23secs.

Peter Kiplagat who won the 2015 Geneva Marathon is also expected from Kenya as well as his compatriot Sammy Kibet; winner of the 2011 Warsaw Marathon.

Abebe Negewo winner of the Rome 2012 Marathon is also expected from Ethiopia.

Meanwhile, organisers have confirmed that as many as 150 Nigerian elites, mostly from Jos will also be arriving in Lagos on Thursday.

Over 20,000 athletes are expected to feature in the 6 February marathon which is the first of its kind in over three decades.

About N92 million is up for grabs for marathoners who can run from the Old Lagos (National Stadium Surulere) to New Lagos (Eko Atlantic City), a distance of 42.195 kilometres.

At least 50 elite athletes who are part of the star-cast for this weekend’s Access Bank Lagos City Marathon will arrive in the country on Thursday.

The General Manager for the marathon race, Yussuf Alli revealed that most of the expected athletes will be coming from Kenya, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Bahrain, Cameroon and Rwanda.

Alli further stated that the incoming athletes will drive straight to the Expo Centre of the Marathon race at the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Surulere, Lagos to collect their race bibs and numbers.

The athletes will also be received by Chairman of Lagos State Sports Commission and head of the organising committee of the event, Deji Tinubu.

“We are expecting the bulk of our elite athletes on Thursday from their respective bases. They are all eager to be here for the Lagos City Marathon,” Alli stated.

Top on the list of those expected in Lagos on Thursday is Kenya’s Josphat Kifanni Too who has a personal best time of 2.08.23secs.

Peter Kiplagat who won the 2015 Geneva Marathon is also expected from Kenya as well as his compatriot Sammy Kibet; winner of the 2011 Warsaw Marathon.

Abebe Negewo winner of the Rome 2012 Marathon is also expected from Ethiopia.

Meanwhile, organisers have confirmed that as many as 150 Nigerian elites, mostly from Jos will also be arriving in Lagos on Thursday.

Over 20,000 athletes are expected to feature in the 6 February marathon which is the first of its kind in over three decades.

About N92 million is up for grabs for marathoners who can run from the Old Lagos (National Stadium Surulere) to New Lagos (Eko Atlantic City), a distance of 42.195 kilometres.

Meanwhile, Lagos State Government on Wednesday announced restriction of movement in some of the major highways to be used for the February 6, 2016 International Marathon scheduled to start by 7am at National Stadium Surulere and terminate at Eko Atlantic City.

The Lagos International Marathon, which was last held in 1983, is billed to be attended by over 20,000 athletes, including over 20 world class marathoners.

Speaking during a press conference at the Bagauda Kaltho Press Centre in Alausa, Special Adviser to the Lagos State Governor on Transportation, Prince Olanrewaju Elegushi disclosed that the Marathon will start from the National Stadium and move to Anthony, and thereafter to Gbagada Road, Third Mainland Bride through Alfred Rewane to Lekki Ikoyi Bridge and terminate at Eko Atlantic City.

Elegushi, who explained that the Marathon will commence at 7am, said the restriction of traffic will however start from 6:30am and end at 1pm, adding that adequate arrangements have been put in place to ensure that security operatives and officials of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) barricade access to the dual carriage way to be affected by the event.

According to him, all traffic flow and access from Alaka and Alhaji Masha to National Stadium towards Ojuelegba and along Western Avenue terminating at Anthony Bus stop would be blocked, while the whole stretch of the Anthony Oke to Gbagada unto Third mainland Bride along with accesses at New Garage, Adeniji Adele interchange; Sura/Simpson and Obalende would equally be blocked.

He added that all access from Dolphin Estate towards Osborne terminating at Falomo Road About would be blocked for the event, while access to Falomo Roundabout from Alfred Rewane (Kingsway Road), Awolowo Road and traffic from Victoria Island would also be affected.

According to Elegushi, other areas to be affected include all access/link roads along Bourdillon up to Lekki-Ikoyi Bridge Roundabout and the Link Bridge, while there would also be blockade of traffic on Admiralty Way from the bridge outlet inward Lekki-Epe Expressway inward Ozumba Mbadiwe to Akin Adesola, Bishop Oluwole and Bar Beach (Atlantic City).

He, however, call on all Lagosians “to see the event not only as a sporting event but for its tourism content. As a people who are naturally friendly, we should put on display, our positive attitude to visitors,” Elegushi counseled.

He said governor would not hesitate to lift the restriction if and when it is perceived as necessary to bring about free flow of traffic.

While regretting any inconveniences that the residents might suffer as a result of the restriction, Elegushi said the security operatives and LASTMA officials have been stationed to ensure free flow of traffic in all the other alternative routes which the people could make use of during the event.

On his part, the Chief Executive Officer of LASTMA, Christ Olakpe assured residents of the preparedness of his men to ensure a hitch-free tournament.
Olakpe, a retired Assistant Inspector General of Police, added that instructions have been given to his men to be civil in dealing with residents.

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