Nike’s ‘We Run Lagos’ 10 Km Race has been scheduled to hold on November 16 in Lagos.
According to organisers of the event, the race expected to attract 2,000 runners is to kick off at the Onikan Stadium on Lagos Island and terminates at the main-bowl of Teslim Balogun Stadium in Surulere.
Speaking at the unveiling ceremony of the logo of the race at the weekend, Head of Nike’s Operations in Nigeria, Keith Lewins, said that the 2,000 runners in Lagos are part of the global 350,000 persons participating in this edition.
“The runners will be part of a global We Run race movement, and will see a total of 350,000 anticipated runners in 2013, take 3 billion strides during the course of the We Run race series. It will forge a new global community of athletes through Nike’s most connected race series yet with innovative Nike+ technology,” stressed Mr Lewins.
While hinting that registration for the race is free, the Nike chief revealed that the first 100 runners to cross the finish line will get a pair of latest Nike shoes.
“The first 100 runners to cross the finish line will get a pair of Nike shoes each while the last 10 persons also will similarly get a pair of shoes respectively,” he noted.
Lagos State Commissioner for Sports, Wahid Enitan-Oshodi, commended Nike for this brilliant initiative, which he believes will promote physical activity and help to get people fit the world over.
“I also wish to express our pride as the government and people of Lagos State for your recognition of the overwhelming energy and vibrancy of Lagos, and choosing it to be part of this worldwide series. Indeed the baton of this worldwide series has been passed to Lagos, and I am confident that we will stage a fun, well organised, colourful and exciting event,” pledged Enitan-Oshodi.
The Lagos sports commissioner said one of the many advantages of the race was that “it cuts across all demographics and sectors of society. Whoever you are, wherever you work, it is important to stay fit, and the Nike 10Km Run gives everyone the chance to exercise and improve their physical fitness in a challenging but rewarding physical activity. I therefore encourage as many people as possible to get involved and partake in what is sure to be a fun, brilliant and memorable race.”
Governor Babatunde Raji Fashola is expected to kick off the race.
News Source: This Day.