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Lagos City Marathon:  Alli dreams gold label with Ambode’s support

The General Manager Lagos City Marathon, Yussuf Alli, is optimistic, that the race will become an IAAF gold labelled race before its fifth edition.

Last week, Lagos City Marathon, with its maiden edition in February 2016, joined the global elite family as the IAAF granted the race a bronze label status after just two editions.

‘’This is a worthy feat and I must confess that it would not have been possible without the vision and support of our Chairman, His Excellency, Akinwunmi Ambode, the Executive Governor of Lagos State.’’

Alli revealed that Governor Ambode gave the Organizing Committee all the assistance they required to succeed.

“We need to commend his vision to organize the marathon in the first place.  Past administrations were not receptive to the idea, and within two years, the Lagos City Marathon has not only become Africa’s foremost one-day event, it joined the league of the best marathons in the world like New York, London, Berlin, Tokyo and others by being awarded an IAAF label”.

Alli, who played a prominent role in the Okpekpe 10 km road race becoming an IAAF bronze and silver labelled race, said his aim, with the backing of Governor Ambode, is to get an IAAF gold label for the Lagos City Marathon before its fifth anniversary.

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