6th edition of the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon
Marathon are usually long distance race with an official distance of 42.195 kilometres which is also equivalent to 26 miles or 385 yards usually run as a road race .
As an annual event, Lagos state Nigeria witnessed another marathon which is the 6th edition of Access Bank Lagos City Marathon on Saturday, the 10th of April, 2021 as against the initial date of February 13, 2021.
The race which was flagged off by the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare started in the early hours of Saturday in front of the National Stadium, Surulere, and ended at the Eko Atlantic City, Victoria Island which is a 42-kilometer stretch.
Certain road network experienced total or partial closures and this includes total closure of Third mainland bridge, closure of alaka road service lane, national Stadium to Ojuelegba, Dormanlong Bridge, Onipanu, Obanikoro, Anthony to Charly Boy Bus Stop to Oworonsoki, as well as Adekunle Junction linking the Third Mainland Bridge.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the participants number was greatly decreased unlike previous years where over 100,000 participated in the marathon, only 300 elite runners/athletes were allowed to participate in this 2021 edition.
The top 8 runners have prizes to take home and also as a bonus to Nigerians, there are prizes to be won for any one that crosses the finishing line.
The prizes includes;
• PRIZE MONEY FOR MEN AND WOMEN
• PRIZES FOR NIGERIAN MEN AND WOMEN
1st Nigerian₦ 1,000,000
2nd Nigerian₦ 750,000
3rd Nigerian₦ 500,000
4th Nigerian₦ 300,000
5th Nigerian₦ 250,000
6th Nigerian₦ 200,000
7th Nigerian₦ 100,000
8th Nigerian₦ 50,000.
The top 3 winners from the female and Male category includes;
1. Meseret Dinke from ethiopia won the 1st position in the female category after 2 hours, 28 minutes and 51 seconds and got a p and got a prize of $30000.
2 Celestine Chepchirchir from Kenya won the 2nd position in the female category and got a prize of $20000.
3 Desta Muluneh from Ethiopia won the 3rd position in the female category and got a prize of $15000.
1 Emmanuel Naibei from Kenya won the 1st position in the male category after 2 hours, 11 minutes and 37 seconds and got a prize of $30000.
2 Daresa Geleta of Ethiopia won the 2nd position in the male category and got a prize of $20000.
3 Demiso Legese also from Ethiopia won the third place in male category with a prize of $15000
Nigerias Istifanus Peter Mahan from plateau state was the first Nigerian to cross the finish line and got a prize of 1 million naira