By Oluwaseun Fadugba
All is set for the 5th Lagos Women Run on Saturday as over 30,000 participants have registered globally for the virtual and physical marathon.
Tayo Popoola, General Coordinator, Lagos Women Run, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday that a total cash prize of N5 million is up for grab by the winners in various categories.
This is the biggest women fitness gathering in Africa we can think of and it has been on for five years now.
This year is the 5th edition and this is very peculiar because of the pandemic, based on that, we decided to have a virtual run.
Money involved for the take home prize is more than N5 million and people all over world have registered for this run, she said.
The coordinator said that the virtual run was due to the pandemic so that women would not be denied the opportunity to take part in the marathon.
She said that COVID-19 rules and regulations would be strictly adhered to during the womens marathon.
As much as the pandemic is there, we want to create an avenue where people can run without breaking any of the pandemic rules and regulations put in place.
We are creative about it and the application was developed, whereby you can run anywhere.
We want to be able to track people that will run at their own pace at different locations and still be part of the run, she said.
Popoola said that the elite run would involve only the invited professionals, while the virtual would be for other women all over the world who had shown interest.
It would also take place at the same time as the virtual run from Tafawa Balewa Square, Lagos to Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere at the same time.
Those coming from overseas would definitely present their COVID-19 test results and also observe the 14 days compulsory self-isolation before participating in the race.
During the run, people will be put in different cells unlike the normal run, so it will not be rowdy.
We wont also have a large number of athletes on the road at the same time, in less than two hours everyone is off the road, she said. (NAN)
Source: NAN News