Marathoners at the 2016 Lagos City Marathon. Photo: AFP

No fewer than 50,000 athletes from across the world are expected to participate in the second edition of  Lagos City Marathon.

The event is scheduled for February 11, 2017.

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Governor Akinwunmi Ambode made this known on Monday in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Habib Aruna.

The governor said necessary logistics had been put in place to make the event successful, while promoting the tourism potentials of the state.

According to the statement, the 2017 edition would feature the top 10 men and women marathoners in the world.

Improved appearance fee

And the appearance fees for gold, silver and bronze label runners will be 50,000, 20,000 and 10,000 U.S dollars respectively.

“Invited local and foreign elite runners will be paid 50 per cent of their appearance fees now and balanced up when they arrive Lagos for the tourney.

“Winner will also go home with a cash prize of 50,000 US dollars. Second and third place winners will smile home with 40,000 and 30,000 U.S dollars respectively.

Marathon aims for top ten

“The Lagos City Marathon is presently ranked 68th in the world. But our desire is to make it the top ten in the world and that is what we are working on with the next episode of the event.

“Unlike the one held this year, with over 30,000 athletes, we are targeting a minimum of 50,000 runners,” it said.

Governor hopeful of earning label

The statement said that the Governor also expressed optimism that the 2017 edition would earn the Lagos City Marathon Creative Artists Agency (CAA) label.

It said that the State Government was working with other partners to address the challenges recorded in the first edition.

“Route education plan will be released early so that residents can plan their movement on race day.

“There will also be live transmission for the local and global audience. There will be clearer and bolder kilometre marking along the route, ” it added.