.Acess Bank would continually impact on the communities we serve- Wigwe
.The marathon will promote tourism and healthy living–Sanwo-Olu
At the end of the 42km event of the 2020 Access Bank Lagos City Marathon, Kenya’s David Barsamai Tumo and Cherop Sharon Jemutai won both the male and female categories.
The race, which kicked off in the early hours of Saturday at the National Stadium, Surulere, took participants through the Lekki roundabout by the Ikoyi-Lekki Link bridge up to the Eko Atlantic City, Victoria Island, which was the finishing point.
In the men’s category, Kenya’s David Barmasai Tumo came first after breaking the Marathon’s record finishing after two hours, ten minutes and twenty-three seconds at the 5th Edition of the Marathon, while Debeko Dakamo and Paul Chege came second and third respectively.
Also, Kenya’s Cherop Sharon Jemutai became the first female to cross to finish line, while Kebene Urisa came second and Tanui Jekporir emerged third in the female category.
The first, second and third positions went home with the cash prizes of $50,000; $40,000 and $30,000 respectively, courtesy the headline sponsor of the race, Access Bank.
Meanwhile, Emmanuel Gyan emerged as the first Nigerian male and Deborah Pam first Nigerian female to reach the finishing line.
Commenting on the outcome of the event, the Managing Director, Access Bank, Dr Herbert Wigwe, thanked Governor Sanwo-Olu for his unwavering support and cooperation before and during the event.
He reiterated that the bank will continually impact communities they serve through “eliminating environmental and economic issues, as well as investing in activities that have a strong impact on the social structure of these communities.”
Also, the Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, who was satisfied with the just concluded 2020 Access Bank Lagos City Marathon, says that the annual marathon event will promote tourism and healthy living.
Governor Sanwo-Olu, while commending the organisers said the Marathon had been able to boost the tourism potential of the State, promising that few years down the line, it would be a major event on the global marathon race calendar.
He said: “We want to put Lagos City Marathon on the global marathon calendar and we are on our way there. Very soon, it will become a marathon that athletes from every part of the world will come and join us. Today’s event is the beginning of our administration’s tourism agenda.
“We want Lagos to remain on the tourism master plan of athletes worldwide, we want marathon to also become part of us because we all want to live a healthy life. We want it to be a work and play environment, we want to keep fit and we want to make healthy running a way of life for all of us so that we can reduce sicknesses amongst ourselves.
“But more importantly, we can have a communion where family members both young and old can come together, have fun, do great exercise and enjoy themselves and also make money out of it, ” he added.