Officials of Lagos City Marathon have their eyes fixed on IAAF Gold before the fifth edition of the competition.

Former Nigerian athlete and General Manager of Lagos City Marathon, Yussuf Alli, has shown optimism that the race will grow from its current Bronze Label in the next few years.

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.

“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, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, the Executive Governor of Lagos State.’’.

“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.”

“As of today, there only four label races in Africa; Cape Town Marathon, Marathon du Gabon Okpekpe Road Race, and Lagos City Marathon.

“Of the four, only Cape Town Marathon that is currently in its tenth edition has a Gold Label and today, we have more runners than all other marathons in Africa.

“We had over fifty thousand in the first edition and over seventy thousand in the second edition. Our target in 2018 is over a hundred thousand runners, our elite field can compete with the global leaders in America and Europe, while our prize money is one the best in the world.’’

Alli said the Lagos City Marathon target for 2018 is the IAAF Silver Label which he believe is achievable.