The organisers of the Onitsha City Marathon will on Sunday in Lagos unfold their plans for the event. The Onitsha Marathon will be the first of its kind in South East Nigeria.
In a statement signed by Chisom Okereke-Ekpe, Head of Marketing and Branding of the Onitsha City Marathon, the decision to unfold the plan in Lagos is based on the fact that the city-state is the heart of sporting press in Africa.
“There is no way an event of this magnitude will be done without carrying the vibrant Lagos press along.
“We know the importance of the Lagos sporting press and its environs, that is why we have chosen to have this parley in order for all to be aware of what we are planning to do,” she said.
According to Okereke-Ekpe, the maiden Onitsha City Marathon will take place on October 5, 2019, but she explained this edition would only be half marathon while subsequent ones will include both the 10km and 5km races.
“We are starting with just half marathon this year but from next year, it will definitely be bigger with the addition of the 10km and 5km races.
“The race will start by 6.30am and registration is absolutely free for everyone capable and ready”
According to the organisers, registration for the Onitsha City Marathon will run through till the end of September to allow for more participants.
Over 20,000 runners from across the world are expected to take part in the race, which coincides with the popular Ofala Festival.
The Onitsha City Marathon has secured the needed endorsements from all relevant professional bodies including the IAAF/AIMS following the expert touch by world-renowned Course measurer, Norrie Williamson from South Africa.
Also, the Obi of Onitsha has given his blessings for this historic race.