The organizers of the annual Access Bank Lagos City Marathon are hoping to raise the stakes for the 2019 edition.

The Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode said on Monday that they are hoping to have at least 150,000 athletes both locally and internationally at the 4th edition of the marathon.

Addressing a press conference at Lagos House in Alausa, Ikeja Ambode said the target of the State Government is to use the forthcoming edition to take the tournament from the bronze label of International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) to silver.

According to him, “The whole idea is to turn the competition from bronze to silver level. In the last three editions, we had between 100,000 and 120,000 participants. This time around, we want to make sure that come February 2019, we would have not less than 150,000 participants.

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“The reason why we want to take it to that level is to create a new record and create a new platform to allow the 2019 edition to herald what is going to happen in the next six years. We believe strongly that in another six years when we are marking the 10th anniversary, we should actually become a top class marathon, and that is our vision for this competition.

“We believe that it is achievable. This is not necessarily about me; it is not even about the sponsors but about making Lagos to be on that top brand across the world and that is how cities are elevated to become global brand.

The 2019 Access Bank Lagos City Marathon is scheduled to take on February 2, 2019.

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