The Lagos City Marathon, sponsored by Access Bank, has been awarded the IAAF Bronze Label by the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF).
The organisers of the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon released a statement to that effect, expressing delight at the development as the no.1 marathon race in the country joins global elite races like New York, Boston, Chicago, Tokyo, Dubai, London, Roma, Paris, Berlin, and others.
The Lagos City Marathon is now one of the only 88 races given a label by IAAF.
Project Consultant Bukola Olopade has disclosed that the Executive Governor of Lagos State Akinwunmi Ambode will be the one to formally present the certificate of label to Nigerians.
“We are a global brand today because of Governor Ambode’s vision and foresight, without him there won’t be anything called Access Bank Lagos City Marathon.
“This is his project and he is giving us all support we need. He is the Chairman of the Organizing Committee. It is support that ensured that we got a personality like Norris Williamson , a grade A IAAF/AIMS measurer, who measured the route of Atlanta, Sydney, Athens and Beijing Olympics Games to measure and certify our route, which ensured that we are a label race before our third edition.”
The conditions for the award of IAAF label are stringent they include but not limited to an international elite field, the race course closed to vehicular traffic, route measured to the Association of International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS) standard, use of electronic timing to generate the results, a specified number of doping tests, equal prize money for the participants and others.