With the 2020 Access Bank Lagos City Marathon fast approaching, the main sponsors and Africa’s largest retail Bank, Access Bank have reiterated that its sponsorship of the race is geared towards improving the economic and social outlook of the state.
While speaking about the marathon, the Group Managing Director of Access Bank Plc., Herbert Wigwe said, “As the leading retail bank in Nigeria and indeed Africa, it is imperative for us to support the economic and social development of the communities in which we operate.
“Hence, we have sponsored the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon for five years to make Lagos State more attractive to tourists and foreign investors alike. We have also used this platform as an avenue to create more jobs and opportunities to thousands in the state,” he added.
He went further to add that, “to ensure that the impact of the marathon, as felt in Lagos State, is duplicated and sustained, we have also begun sponsoring marathons and other sporting events across different states in Nigeria as highlighted by our sponsorship of the Abeokuta marathon.”
With over 100,000 participants recorded across the last two editions of the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon, Wigwe said he expects the trend to continue as the marathon which has moved up from a Bronze Label marathon to a Silver Label, less than five years after its maiden edition, continues to garner the respect of top international and local athletes alike.
This year’s edition of the marathon billed for February 8 offers about 500,000 USD (N181,250,000) in prizes to be won by contestants.