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5 Upcoming Races Every Nigerian Should Make Plans For This Year
Since we all agree that 2019 shouldn’t be the year we just sit down and watch things happen, it only makes sense to actually go out and participate in sports. This is exactly the chance a bunch of races in Nigeria offer, and some of even come with prizes attached.
So, we at Konbini have put together a list of five upcoming races every Nigerian should make plans for this year.
Lagos City Marathon
Arguably the most consistent marathon event in Nigeria, Lagos City Marathon has been on since 2016. The marathon sees participants covering a 42-kilometre distance between the National Stadium in Surulere and Eko Atlantic in Victoria Island.
The fourth edition of the competition is set to take place on February 2, with a $50,000 prize for the first runner who crosses the finish line; and three million naira for the first Nigerian to finish.
Okpekpe Road Race
Covering 10 kilometres, Okpekpe Road Race takes place every year in Edo State. It sees participation from more than seven other countries, and why not? In addition to having an IAAF Road Race Silver Label, it’s sanctioned by the Association of International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS).
The fifth edition of the competition will take place on May 11.
Ile-Ife Heritage Marathon
Born out of the need to showcase the rich cultural heritage of the Yorubas to the world, Ile-Ife Heritage Marathon is in its second edition this year. The 42-kilometre event gives runners a chance to experience the vibrant streets of the ancient city of Ile-Ife and appreciate the main attractions.
The 2019 edition will take place on February 3.
Coal City Half Marathon
Coal City Half Marathon takes place in Enugu State. Sanctioned by the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN), the half-marathon is currently the only active road running event in South-East Nigeria. Last year, the organizers doled out $20,000 for the winner, as well as other consolation prizes.
The second edition will hold on November 23.
National Anti-Corruption Marathon
Organized by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in collaboration with AFN, the National Ant-Corruption Marathon is used to mark the United Nations Anti-Corruption Day (December 9) in Abuja. The winner of the maiden edition went home with one million naira.
This year's edition will take place on December 9.
By Prince Jacon, published on 15/01/2019