While it was only 50,000 runners that participated at the 2016 Lagos City Marathon, the same number of persons have collected forms for the 2018 edition in just two weeks.

Organisers say they are anticipating between 100,000 to 120,000 runners for the 2018 edition.

More runners are finding more reasons to run at the 2018 edition, with the addition of 10km race strictly for Nigerians. And the prize money for Nigerian participants in the race has received a remarkable boost from 1 million Naira to 3 million Naira.

The raise in the amount and other enticing rewards could have triggered the increase in the number of willing participants.

Also, the marathon route has been certified by athletics and road races governing body IAAF/AIMS. The route was certified by Norris Williamson, a grade A measurer, who measured the marathon route for the Atlanta, Athens and Beijing Olympic games and several other marathons and road races.

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The Access Bank Lagos City Marathon is now an IAAF Bronze Labelled Road Race, therefore, any athlete who competes in the race and returns a world-class time becomes a Bronze Label runner.

The race Official Automobile Partner is also giving away two cars, to the first male and female Nigeria runners to cross the finish line, in the 10-kilometre race.

General Manager of the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon, Yusuf Alli clarifies that Nigeria in the 10-kilometer race refers to all residents of Nigeria.

“A British, Chinese, Egyptian or another other national of the over 200 countries in the world who live in Nigeria, work and pay tax in Nigeria is eligible to win the cars like any other Nigerian but foreigners or Nigerians resident abroad who came just for the marathon are not eligible.

"It’s strictly for Nigerian residents," he stressed.

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