Minister of Youth and Sports Development Sunday Dare will flag off the maiden edition of the Ogbomosoland marathon on Saturday November 28.
Chairman of the Organising Committee, Prince Oyebamiji Aderemi said: “The Honourable Minister who is a proud son of Ogbomoso will flag off the historic race at the start off point at Oja Akande. The race is the first ever road race in Ogbomoso land and has received the backing of all the sons and daughters of the town including His Royal Highness, Soun of Ogbomoso
He added that all arrangements have been concluded for a hitch free race come November 28 with over 1000 participants have registered so far for the race via http://bit.ly/ogbomosolandmarathonrace2020 as the registration is still ongoing.
“The essence of the race is not just to put Ogbomoso on the map of the world as a destination for sports and recreational activities but also to ensure our people live a healthy life. Scientists have told us the importance of running and jogging which among other things help to build strong bones. Exercises strengthen muscles, help improve cardiovascular fitness and maintain a healthy weight,” said Prince Oyebamiji.
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“The race will also help to unearth hidden talents who can be developed to represent the town and the state (Oyo) in major national events and of course represent Nigeria in international events.”
With the decision of the Sports Minister to develop middle and long distance running in Nigeria, this event could not have come at a better time to key into that wonderful and thoughtful vision. In essence, it is a sport development programme aimed at taking the youth out of unproductive ventures to showcase their talents with the hope of getting it maximized.”
He however assured athletes and spectators of adequate security.