The Access Bank Lagos City Marathon has moved up the ladder from a Bronze Label marathon to a Silver Label marathon, less than five years after its maiden edition.

Olukayode Thomas, Head Communications and Media said the good news was conveyed to the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon by IAAF Head of Road Races Alessio Punzi.

From the over 50,000 participants that took part in the first edition of the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon in 2016, over 100,000 took part in the most recent edition held in February 2019.

While reacting to the latest feat achieved by the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon, Race Promoter, Bukola Olopade, said the feat would not have been possible without the backing of the Lagos State Government.

Olopade thanked the Lagos State Government for wholly believing in the noble idea and for offering full support financially, technically and in terms of security and logistics since inception

He also expressed gratitude to the Headline Sponsor, Access Bank an organization that open its doors and embraced the marathon, and partners like 7Up, Bet9Ja, Eko Atlantic, who have been supportive in the past years as well as to the likes of Kia Motors, Revolution Plus and others who have also joined the train to make the marathon the toast of the town.

On his part, the General Manager for the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon, Yussuf Alli said the next target is to go for Gold and then the Platinum Label, which is the highest award by the global body.

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Yemi Olus is a Senior Sports Writer and Editor at Making of Champions. She has a bias for Athletics and was previously a Sports Reporter at the National Mirror, where she hosted a weekly column ‘On the Track with Yemi Olus’ for over two years. A self-acclaimed ‘athletics junkie’, she has covered national and international events live, such as the African Athletics Championships, African Games and IAAF World Championships. She has also freelanced for the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) and currently hosts a weekly Track and Field column in the Vanguard Newspaper.

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