Elite athletes and road runners not resident in Nigeria are not eligible to participate in the February 10, 2018 Access Bank Lagos Marathon 10-kilometre race organisers have announced.

The 10-kilometre race will start at the foot of the Ikoyi-Lekki Link Bridge and end at Eko Atlantic City.

Olukayode Thomas, Director Communications and Media, Access Bank Lagos City Marathon, said the decision is aimed at encouraging Nigerians to run.

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Thomas said: “At the 2018 Access Bank Lagos City Marathon press conference where the 10 kilometre race was announced to the world, the Project Consultant Bukola Olopade and the General Manger Mr. Yussuf Alli said clearly that the 10 kilometre road race was a family race for fun runners and the family.

“Elite runners from Nigeria or any other part of the world are not eligible. Also ineligible are fun runners who are not resident in Nigeria but other nationals like English, Americans, Asians who live and work in Nigeria are eligible to participate in the 10 kilometre family race.’’

The prize money for the first Nigerian to cross the finish line, which was N1m, has been increased to N3m.

"Our athletes are talented; all they need do is to pay more attention to details, be more professional and focused. Running marathons and road races is very lucrative, and should not be distracted by immediate gains’’, said Thomas.

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