Runners from all walks of life, as well as important personalities from within and outside the sports industry yesterday gathered at the Molade Okoya Thomas Hall of the Teslim Balogun Stadium to participate in the 2019 Access Bank Lagos City Marathon expo.
Marathon expos are integral part of big races worldwide with major marathons like New York, Dubai, London, Boston, Chicago, Tokyo, Berlin drawing a lot of vendors and exhibitors annually.
The expo has also been a regular feature at the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon since debuting four years ago.
This year’s expo is featuring many companies, who came to showcase their products and services to intending runners at the Lagos Marathon, as well as the general public.
Some of the dignitaries at the opening day of the Marathon expo were the Vice President of the Nigeria Olympic Committee (NOC), Solomon Ogba, as well the chairman of the Lagos State Sports Commission, Dr. Kweku Tandoh.
Bukola Olopade was also present alongside other celebrities.
According to a statement by the Head of Communications and Media for the Lagos Marathon, Olukayode Thomas, a lot of VIP runners were also present on the opening day of the expo.
Also present at the expo was a member of the Editorial Board of The Nation newspapers, Steve Osuji, who has been running the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon consistently since its inception.
Osuji, who is almost 60 years old, recently wrote a book ‘Not Too Old Run,’ which will be launched at the Lagos Marathon Media Seminar on January 28.
Thomas revealed that some of the other celebrities expected this year include former Big Brother Naija housemates, Tobi Bakare and Alex among, adding that the country’s fastest man, Seye Ogunlewe will also be lighting up this year’s expo.