February 08, (THEWILL) – Arrangements have been concluded for the fourth edition of the Bayelsa City Marathon, tagged “SDD Marathon”, which will commence this weekend on Saturday, February 10, 2024.
This was disclosed by the organisers during an interactive session with the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN), Bayelsa State chapter at NUJ Press Center in Yenagoa, just as Mr Igbeta Odonkumo posited that the fourth edition will feature Elite and Teen Category.
He said over 250 participants are expected to feature in the elite category while the teen category will involve 50 Secondary Schools in Bayelsa State with the participating school athletes set to go home with school bags courtesy of the Mrs Gloria Diri Foundation.
Mr Igbeta Odonkumo, who is the chairman and initiator of the Bayelsa Marathon Club noted that the 21-kilometre Elite Category will begin at 7 am, at the Glory Drive, Back of Akenfa Junction in Yenagoa, to end at Peace Park, Opposite Government House while the Teen Category which will be within the age bracket of 13-16 years and those who will be running for Leisure in a 5 Kilometre race will start from Otiotio junction and end at Peace Park Opposite government house Yenagoa.
He also disclosed that the Federal Road Safety Corps and other security agencies will be on the ground to control traffic and security during the event.
In his remarks, the chairman of the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN), Bayelsa State Chapter, Mr Alambo Datonye Fred, commended the organisers of the Bayelsa Marathon for the upcoming events and promised that the sports writers would give their maximum support by publicising the event, as it has been projecting sports in the state.
The winners of the event in the Male and Female elite category will go home with the sum of N500,000 each, while the second and third-place athletes will smile home with cash prizes as well.
The Governor, Sen. Douye Diri and other top government dignitaries are expected to grace the marathon event.