60 athletes jostle for $80,000 prize money in maiden Abuja international marathon

60 athletes jostle for $80,000 prize money in maiden Abuja international marathon

The federal capital territory is set to hold its maiden edition of the Abuja International Marathon (AIM) Scheduled to hold on December 17, 2022.

This was made known at a press conference held where the AIM’s Managing Director and CEO of Unicentral Resources,Zsuzsanna Ogunmiloyo said she was delighted the Abuja International Marathon is finally moving away from being an idea into reality after three years of planning.

“The journey to the first international marathon in our great city, Abuja, begins today. I am appealing to all residents of FCT and Nigerians, in general, to join hands with Unicentral to ensure we have a world-class race that will sell FCT and Nigeria to the world as a tourist destination, a place to invest and do business.

She thanked the Minister of FCT, Minister of State, members of the National Assembly, the Permanent Secretary of FCT, the Mandate Secretary, Director of Sports, FCT administration, the National Assembly and stakeholders for ensuring that the Abuja International Marathon finally gets a life of its own.

On his part, Senator Ayo Akinyelure representing Ondo Central Senatorial District reiterated that AIM as a fully-backed government project has the approval of the National Assembly

“This is another worthy addition to the laudable achievements of the Honourable Minister of FCT and Honourable Minister of State, this project will definitely enhance the image of FCT and Nigeria as a whole, we are enthusiastic about it and fully behind it,” Akinyelure affirmed.

Meanwhile, AIM’s Director of Communication and Media Olukayode Thomas, thanked the sporting press for the warm reception they have given to the project, adding they are stakeholders.

“ There will be a competitive media award that offer premium prize money for winners,” Thomas informed.”Entry for awards will open immediately after the race and winners in seven categories and the overall winner will be announced in first quarter of 2023.”