The International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) has certified the Lagos City Marathon as one of the leading road races in the world.

First introduced in 2008, IAAF label races are designated as leading road races around the world.

The conditions for the award of IAAF label are stringent.

They include: possessing 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 among others.

There are thousands of races worldwide, but only 88 are label by IAAF, and the Lagos City Marathon has joined the elite club.

A statement signed the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon Head of Communications and Media, Olukayode Thomas said with this feat, the annual event has joined global elite races like New York, Boston, Chicago, Tokyo, Dubai, London, Roma, Paris and Berlin.