The Vice President of the Nigeria Olympic Committee (NOC) Solomon Ogba has submitted that the maiden Lagos Media Marathon scheduled to take place next month is another plus for the laudable initiative by Governor Akinwumi Ambode to revive the culture of road races in Lagos and the country at large.
Ogba reckoned that the marathon being planned by the journalists is in furtherance to the solid foundation and enabling environment helped put in place by Ambode who has done a lot in the last four years to ensure that Lagos and indeed Nigeria takes its rightful place on the global map for sports tourism.
While speaking in Lagos, the former Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) President commended the brains behind the Lagos Media Marathon for taking the vision of Ambode’s revival of the culture of road races to a new level by introducing registration fees for running in a 10km race which is the global standard like in the London, New York and Boston Marathons among others.
Ogba advised the organizers of other races in Nigeria to take a cue from the Lagos Media Race and introduce registration fees.
“I am very excited with this wonderful idea to have the Lagos Media Marathon which I hear would be the first of its kind in this part of the world. We must thank Governor Ambode for reviving the culture and people; including journalists keying into the initiative” the NOC Vice President said.
“The Lagos Media Marathon for me deserves all the support they can get from the State, corporate bodies and even from individuals that have the capacity to help make the media race a success right from its first year.”
Registration for the Lagos Media Marathon is still ongoing on the official website for the race www.lagosmediamarathon.com and also physical forms are available at the Marathon Office at the Teslim Balogun Stadium as well as the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria, SWAN Lagos branch office inside the National Stadium, Surulere Lagos.