On his part, Dr. Qasim Akinreti, Chairman of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, Lagos State chapter, noted that a media marathon is quite novel, and he expressed delight that Lagos is blazing the trail yet again.
“This is first of its kind in the whole world because we have never heard of it before and that’s why it is extremely unique and with the support of the state government, we believe we are going to get the best,” the Lagos NUJ chairman stated.
In his own remark, Dr. Kweku Tandor, Chairman Lagos State Sports Commission, assured that the Lagos Media Marathon will be well supported by the state as it falls into the action plan of his excellency Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode.
Tandor noted that marathon is a culture and not just an event and that culture is already finding its roots in Lagos.
He said: “We are ready to be part of as many marathon events that come up, we have the Lagos City Marathon, Lagos Women Marathon and now the Lagos Media Marathon. In the next one year, we are going to be having divisional marathon races, Badagry Marathon, Epe Marathon, Ikeja Marathon, Ikorodu marathon and so on. As time goes on, we will begin to have sectorial marathon, just like we are having the media marathon, we can have the medical personnel marathon, the banker’s marathon and so on.
Yussuf Alli, the General Manager for the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon and who will also oversee the maiden Lagos Media marathon, assured that the planned 10km race will follow the world’s best practices.
The first edition of the Lagos Media Marathon has tentatively been fixed for December 1, 2018.