The Nigerian winners of the 2017 Lagos City Marathon have been paid.

There were new champions this year as Ilya Pam Nwanta dethroned Sharubutu Philibus to win the men's category, while Olude Fadekemi unseated Olamide Oluwaseun in the women’s category.

Steve Nuhu, Chief Coach of High Altitude Athletics Club based in Jos, who confirmed the payment and whose wards won most of the top prizes by Nigerians, said when the history of marathons in Nigeria is being written, more than a chapter will be devoted to Lagos State.

“We have never had it this good. This is the first time that we are being paid a few days after the race, even some races outside the country take months.”

“All the opportunities we have had in the past to use our God given talents in marathons and road races have always come from Lagos State. The state has been very kind; they always pay our prize money unlike some states here in the North that will never pay.”

The amiable coach also urged other corporate organizations in Nigeria to emulate the race sponsor Access Bank, “they surpassed our expectations, we thought what we saw in 2016 was the best they had to offer but this 2017 was even better, everything worked. The start, the finish, the medical, security, and there was entertainment for all at the finish. It was great, if we have more races like this in Nigeria, we can rule the world,” concluded Nuhu.