By Eromosele Patrick Eidusi
Lagos was alive on Saturday February 10, 2018 with support, cheers and races for the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon.
It turned out to be a beautiful experience as lots of Lagosians, including children, adults and celebrities like Kate Henshaw, Gbenro Ajibade, Enyinna Nwigwe, Beverly Osu, Monalisa Chinda, Nedu, Kaffy and others came out prepared to take part in the race.
This edition launched the 10 km race for the first time in a race that was overall 42km, so people like me could join. At least they brought something we could hope to finish.
The 10km route had its starting point from Lekki-Ikoyi toll bridge and its finishing line at Eko Atlantic, Victoria Island, Lagos, which is basically everyone’s finishing line.
It was indeed a life time experience for those of us who participated in the race for the first time.
As early as 6:30am that Saturday, a mass of us were decked in our sports kits already at the venue dancing to the music and warming up before the race.
The organisers definitely went out of their way to make sure that the lives of participants of the marathon were not taken for granted.
Aquafina water, Pepsi, Ambulance and qualified health care officials were all around us, in case of emergencies, so when the race finally started by 8am from the starting point, we were all confident of our safety.
Yes, now the race! That part was fun… or at least it started out as fun. I was not expecting to be first or anything – it was my first marathon race ever – but still, it was a real test of strength.
But something kept me going as I was wearing out through the long race – don’t judge me.
First, every participant kept to the rules and regulations – it was nice to see Nigerians adhering to instructions for once.
The second and the best part was that non-participants came out of their houses to cheer on every participant who took part in the race. Imagine you getting tired and you get to a point and you see people shouting “you can do it”, “don’t stop”, “don’t give up”, “take a high-five for motivation” all the way! Oh remembering those moments make me smile every time.
As if it was not enough, for every kilometer there were people to give out unlimited bottles of Aquafina water and soft drinks to the participants of the marathon to ensure we stayed hydrated throughout the race.
I finally made it to the finishing point! Oh the cheers! I was not the first, but I made the 10km race in about 50 minutes, which was amazing. I’ve got my medal for proof! Hehehe…
At the finishing point, everything was in order, the personnel rushed over to us with bottles of water, and our medals were given to us, then they led us to the medical team for glucose – we had to regain our energy. There were physiotherapists to massage your muscles and all, but I was not one for that. I felt great! Hardly winded.
Accelerate TV pulled me aside for an interview and even Moji, the interviewer had to comment, “you don’t even look exhausted like most people.” I was just there enjoying the attention as if I’d been running marathons all my life. Lol.
From there on, I was just ready to party with Tiwa Savage, Sheyi shay, Tekno, Sound Sultan and Mr Real.
Then the winners were awarded their prizes and non-winners weren’t left out, as they were also given medals to show appreciation for their efforts, because at the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon every one is a winner.
You should sign up next year. Maybe we’ll take photos together, because I am surely returning for the fourth edition. If you’re wondering what I look like, see the first picture in this story.
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