With the conclusion of the 2017 edition of the Lagos City Marathon, we take a look at the lessons Lagos state and Lagosians learnt from the race.
1. The Kenya's are really legendary long distance runners
The top ten athletes to complete the marathon were all Kenyan's, Ethiopians while Nigerians were really lacking behind.
Despite not having the most popular or legendary athletes at the marathon the likes of Kiptum and Hussien showed Eastern Africans are legendary long distance runners.
2. Nigerian athletes can actually compete if prepared
Like Philibus Sharabutus confirmed, Nigerian athletes can compete if they are regularly allowed to take part in international competitions and get support from government, they can be world beaters. Sharabutu finished as the first Nigerian runner up.
3. Lagos is truly working
The Lagos City Marathon is another example of Lagos truly working. The race was a success both in a financial and and social sense for the state government and Lagosians.
It also showed that Lagosians are united and in support of good efforts by the administration.
4. Nigerians really love their entertainers
The tail end of the race was a true musical show. Performances by the likes of Koker, Sheyi Shay, Tekno and especially Olamide and Davido.
Lagosians at the Eko Atlantic was estatcic when different entertainers came to perform on stage as the race came to an end. With such thrilling performances, Nigerians showed they got love for their entertainers.
5. Eko Atlantic City is gonna be fortress
A quick walk into the Eko Atlantic City is all you need to know about how huge the development will be. The area which used to be bar beach will sell houses, flats and apartments to the highest bidder and once again Lagos wins.
In three years time, expect Eko Atlantic to be the new talk of town and Banana island relegated to second place.
6. Marathon races across the country wouldn't be bad
The second edition of the marathon race showed how interested Nigerians are interested in other sports asides football. Over 100,000 people from all over Nigeria reportedly took part in the race including a 7-year-old girl.
The Okpepe road race in Edo state is also an international event which is 10km long. With the gradual successes of these two races, other state governments should be engaging in such events to promote unity, diversity and help Nigeria produce talents.
7. No matter the obstacle, you can do it
You don't have to be the slimmest or fittest person in the world to run a marathon. Many people, old, young, slim and plus sized took part in the marathon. Last year, a woman over 60-year-old completed the race, this year a 7-year-old completed the race albeit starting from her home in Lekki.
If those two can compete in such a grueling race, what is stopping you from achieving anything in this world?