Lagos ready for 2017 City marathon (photos)

Lagos ready for 2017 City marathon (photos)

The city of Lagos is agog with several activities ahead of the 2017 edition of the Lagos City marathon slated for Saturday, February 11.

Barely 24 hours to the second edition of the event, are Nigerian athletes from far and near are lurking around the national stadium, Surulere-Lagos.

Lagos ready for 2017 City marathon (photos)

An athlete after collecting his tag

A beehive of activities by hundreds of amateurs were spotted at the marathon secretariats making efforts to get their kits in order to finalize their preparations barely hours to the 42km race.

Lagos ready for 2017 City marathon (photos)

Workers at the Teslim Balogun stadium preparing the fruits that will be used during the race

The oranges were washed for the race

Lagos ready for 2017 City marathon (photos)

Lagos ready for 2017 City marathon (photos)

Another athlete after collecting his tag

Meanwhile, special athletes will also compete in the event for 10kilometres in their wheelchairs. In an exclusive chat with NAIJ.com Sports, Nigeria’s professional athlete Hannah Babalola who also featured at the 2016 Rio Paralympics vowed to make the podium finish.

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“I am ready for tomorrow,” she started. “Last year was good, but I believe I will make the podium finish this year because I am very much prepared."

Asked if she was competing for the money prize, Hannah insisted that passion is what is driving her into the competition.

Lagos ready for 2017 City marathon (photos)

Hannah preparing for the race at Eko Hotel and Suites

“I have the passion, I am a professional and I hope to stand out tomorrow.”

Last year's race was won by Kenya's Abraham Kiptom.

Over 20,000 athletes, including 150 local and international world-class runners participated in the keenly contested race.

Source: Sports.naij.com

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