Lagos Women Run Will Be Bigger And Better, Says Aiyepeku

Basking in the euphoria of the successful staging of the Lagos Women Run which seventh edition held on Saturday, the Executive Chairman of Lagos State Sports Commission, Mr. Sola Aiyepeku, says the all-women race would soon be a full marathon with exciting packages attached to its hosting.

Fourteen-year-old Vera Yohanna Maisaje, who hails from Plateau State emerged champion of this year’s Lagos Women Run which had its starting point at the Tafawa Balewa Square and ended at the Mobolaji Johnson Arena Onikan on Lagos Island. She put up a stellar performance from the start point to the end with 29mins 38:72 seconds.

Aiyepeku described the 7th edition of the Lagos Women Run as a culture for women. He said the main aim of the event, which is developing a culture and healthy lifestyle for women has been attained. “We have more women registering and running every year.

“The message is spreading, we are looking at a bigger and fuller marathon and the organisation is smoother and better ” he added, stating further that women have been marginalized for a long time, Government has always enhanced and encouraged women participation in sports.

The Director General, Lagos State Sports Commission, Oluwatoyin Gafaar, said this year’s marathon has shown that women are improving and determined to give the best not just in records but in participation which is encouraging and fundamental.

“We want more of women in sports to participate to have a larger number not only in athletics but in all sports.

“I appreciate almighty God for giving me this opportunity to be part of this laudable event. Through my hard work and training, I’ve been consistent to ensure that l have a name printed in Gold here in Lagos,” he said.

“I deserve this silverware because of the level of my training every day and I will still defend my title again”.

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