Thousands of runners who are beneficiaries of the Executive Governor of Lagos State Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s decision to pay their registration fee for the 2020 Lagos City Marathon have expressed their profound gratitude to the Governor and other sponsors supporting runners to participate in the race slated for February 8, 2020.
“After having so much fun and imbibing the culture of running and general exercise from participating in the first four editions of the Lagos City Marathon, I was looking forward to participating in the fifth until they introduced a fee. I gave up my dream of running the fifth edition until the cheering news came last month after the press conference that Governor Sanwo-Olu has stated that he will pay on our behalf. I was glad when I heard the news. I followed up and got a form free. I thank the Governor for making my dream come true. God bless him” Iyabo Lawal, a student of a tertiary institution, told our correspondent.
Free from the first edition in 2015, the organizers of the Lagos City Marathon, now an IAAF Silver Label Race, had to introduce registration fee in compliance with IAAF/AIMS regulations for all label races.
A registration fee of N5,000 was introduced for the full Marathon and the 10km race for Nigerians, while foreigners will pay $100 for any of the races.
The major sponsors of the race and other sponsors and partners are paying registration fees for thousands of runners.
Edward Johnson, another beneficiary, thanked the Lagos State Governor for sponsoring the race and supporting runners.
“The sponsors may not fully understand the magnitude of what they have done by sponsoring this race” Said Aisha Ibrahim. “They have promoted the culture of exercise. Most of my friends and family that were obese are now fit and trim thanks to the culture of running triggered by the Lagos City Marathon. I thought I will miss the 2020 edition until the Governor promised to pay on our behalf”.
Others runners who picked the free form at the Lagos City Marathon Village at Teslim Balogun Stadium or from the sponsors also thank Governor Sanwo-Olu and the sponsors for supporting runners and making their dreams come true.