Former Super Eagles captain, Austin Okocha was one of the star attractions at the 3rd Access Bank Lagos City Marathon on Saturday.
The race started at 6.30 am with Okocha and national basketball team, D’Tigers former captain, Olumide Oyedeji commending the organisers for the initiative.
The 42km race started at exactly 6.30 a.m. at Lagos National Stadium in spite of an early morning rain in Surulere, the take-off point and some parts of the city.
Okocha said the race, in which more than 100,000 participants featured, is a plus to development of marathon in Nigeria, and noted that its magnitude would always attract global attention to the country.
“This is big and massive as far as sports development is concern and I must commend the sponsors for their consistency. I am here to support the event as well enjoy myself,’’ Okocha said.
Oyedeji said that such an event was vital to sports growth and the physical wellbeing of the participants, and added that the marathon at which over 208 dollars were on offer should be replicated in other parts of the country to engage youths.
“The event is getting bigger every year and it is a good thing that we are witnessing it. Apart from competing in the race, it has huge health benefits to the physical and wellbeing of those participating for fun. Many youths are involved and it’s a way of engaging them,’’ Oyedeji said.