The winner of the Nigeria women prize money at the 2016 Access Bank Lagos City Marathon Oluwaseun Olamide has vowed to reclaim her title at this year’s edition in Lagos on Saturday.
Olamide also said she would challenge East African and other elite runners for the ultimate prize of $50,000.
She said, “It’s a shame I finished eighth last year. I was just recovering from injury. But this time, I am injury free and psychologically I am in the right frame of mind as I won the two road races I competed in recently. The races were part of my build up to the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon.”
The Nigeria prize money has been increased from N1m to N3m.
Olamide said, “Winning the prize money will be a good thing, but my aim is to show the world that Nigeria is not just a sprint nation and that we have very good marathoners who can compete against the best in the world.”
She added, “I am happy running against foreign elite athletes because I always run a new personal best. So, I am looking forward to competing against them and winning on Saturday.”
The General Manager of the race Yussuf Alli will on Monday begin the training of technical and security officials for the event.
The ex-international said, “We need about 250 technical officials to run a successful race. But we will be training about 350 in case we have emergency need for more technical hands, then we will have a pool of trained officials who can replace them.”
Alli said policemen and other security operatives who will be working before and during the marathon will be trained.
He said, “We are not training security officials how to do security job; rather we shall be teaching them the work ethics during a sports event. We will ensure they are familiar with accreditation and who get access to certain restricted places.”