The Kaduna State Government has named the first Marathon to be held in the state “Let’s Run Together”.
At the World Press Conference held on Saturday at Sir Kashim Ibrahim House, which was presided by the Governor of the state , Mallam Nasir el-Rufai , the Governor said the 21km half marathon race is aimed at talent hunting, engaging the youth and attracting investment opportunities to the state.
What you need to know about the Marathon :
PURPOSE OF THE MARATHON
The purpose of the Marathon according to the Kaduna state Commissioner for Sports Development, Prof. Kabiru Mato said the Marathon is part of the foundation to bringing the state back to its past glory as provider of sporting talents.
“Kaduna shall revert back to its old former self of sports production and reproduction. No city has produced more national team stars. In the next few years, we would lay solid foundation to make Kaduna greater in sports which is the rationale behind the Kaduna Marathon race.”
Governor el-Rufai said, there would be prize money ranging from $10,000 for the winner to $1,000 for the 10th position in the male and female elite category and N3 million for the first placed Nigerian male and female runners ranging to N250,000 for the 10th placed runner in that category.
Ten elite male and female athletes have been invited with over 50,000 local and international runners expected to participate.
COST AND SPONSORS
“ We are looking at between N250 and N300 million as cost of the Kaduna Marathon race. We are sure of attracting enough sponsors to cover the costs. If we can attract the sponsors, it shows that the competition is sustainable “ said Chairman of the organising committee, Mr Jimi Lawal .
COST OF REGISTRATION
Registration forms is expected to cost N5,000 for adults while persons below the age of 18 would pay N3,000 and it is free for participants from 65 year and above.