For those that are familiar with road races and marathons across the world, the name Norrie Williamson would obviously ring a bell as the South African is among the world’s renowned marathons and road races route measurer.
Now, the Chairman of the Organizing Committee of the maiden Lagos Media Marathon, Tony Ubani, has hinted that Williamson will be engaged to calibrate and measure the route for the Media race.
Ubani also said that Norrie’s report will be sent to The Association of International Marathons and Distance Races, AIMS and the IAAF for certification to facilitate the listing of the Lagos Media Marathon on the international marathon calendar.
The race will start at Anthony Bus stop, opposite TREM Church through Oshodi Oke, Charity, Airport Road, 7/8 Bus Stop, NACOC, Airport toll Gate, Concord Press, Airforce Base, MM 2, Mobolaji Bank Anthony Road, Ikeja Under Bridge at Ayinke House, Ikeja Bus Stop and finish at the New Ikeja Bus Terminus.
The route according to the orgnaisers was chosen to showcase the massive infrastructural development on the Lagos Mainland being undertaken by the Lagos State government.
The race is slated for Saturday, December 1, 2018.
“Marathons and road races records can be set at any meet. The reason we want to bring Norrie is because records can be set at our meet and we want it approved by the international bodies for marathon and road races and the world governing body in athletics, the IAAF’’ said Ubani.
The Chairman said the race is open to all intending runners, but the prize is strictly for media practitioners, “fun runners who join our race will be entitled to consolation prizes but the prize money is for media practitioners’’.
According to Ubani, media practitioners include all members of NUJ and similar organizations worldwide, staff of corporate organizations who work in media-related departments like communications, advertising, public relations, graphics and allied industry.
“Also, students of communication nationwide are encouraged to register and participate. There will be special prizes for them. Students of communications outside Lagos who have done fantastic times in road races and marathons and the time is certified by their State Athletics Association or the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) will be sponsored to Lagos to participate in the races”.