All is now set for the first-ever Kwara State Marathon, billed for Saturday, January 23 in Ilorin.

According to the Vice-Chairman of the Organising Committee, Mallam Bello Mubaraq, the race is the first in the North Central and was initiated to engage youth positively.

He also said that it was introduced to discover new talents in a long-distance races, encourage the youth to develop a career in sporting activities, and curb restiveness to guarantee development in the state.

Mallam Mubaraq, who stressed that the 18 Kilometers Marathon is purely a private partnership program, added that it’s being packaged in conjunction with the Government of Kwara State.

The race is expected to kick-off

by 7:00 am from Government Secondary School round-about to Fate road, down to Umar Audi road, to Ahmadu Bello way, to Unity axis to New Yidi road up to Asa Dam, to Geri Alimi, Saw Mill and will be terminated at the Kwara State Stadium Complex main gate.

He explained that the participants would be screened and certified by the medics after they must have registered via www. at the rate of two thousand nairas only, noting that the organizers have received huge support from the major stakeholders, particularly Kwara State Athletics Association, towards a hitch-free exercise.

Mubaraq, who however seeks more support from the private organizations in the state towards achieving the objectives of the race disclosed that talents discovered from the exercise would be made State Ambassadors and nurtured to become international athletes.


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