Low turnout mar Lagos City Marathon as Yusuf Ali suggests a review of registration fee

Yusuf Ali calls for the review of registration fees as low turnout mar Lagos City Marathon


The fifth Edition of Access Bank Lagos City Marathon record a low turnout , the event, which was won by Kenya’s David Barmasai Tumo in a record time of 2:10:23 seconds witnessed over 50,000 participants at the maiden edition.

Last year, the race has over 120,000 thousand in attendance, a record for Marathon race in Africa .

The record has earn a global applause and recognition and it is one of the reasons why the race earn a silver label in four years and a bronze medal in two years , joining Bournemouth and Brighton  as the other race to be awarded the prestigious Bronze Medal in two years .

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It wasn’t just the participants that recorded low turnout, the numbers of elite athletes dived in comparison to 100 in 2016.

At the start point as against the 64 Elite athletes anticipated  by the organisers , less than half was counted in spite of the performance bonus and the silver label tag.

There are have been several reactions to the least most glamorous edition of the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon  as the General Manager of the race  , Yusuf Ali suggests a review of the participation fees .

“The issue of participation fees, we are going to look at it and we will bring it down a little to entertain more people“

The sixth edition of the Marathon will take place on February 13, 2021.


Mudashiru Shittu

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