All is now set for the maiden edition of the Ijebu Heritage half marathon which begins today in Ijebu-Ode in Ogun State has taken on a sporting look with youths seen in the various athletic practices with international athletes indicating interest in the 21-kilometre race competition.
The activities in the town also show that efforts were in top gear in making the Ogun State Government initiated marathon a success.
The event, which is sponsored by Rite Foods, the market leader in the food and beverage company, will see marathoners being refreshed with Bigi Table Water, at the six water points in every 2.5kilometres in the race which will start from Tunde Debasco Road, Ejirin, and ends at the Otunba Dipo Dina International Stadium, Ijebu Ode.
Speaking on the sponsorship, the Company’s Chief Executive Officer, Mr Seleem Adegunwa, said Rite Foods like identifying with worthy initiatives that add value to lives, as demonstrated in the just concluded Bigi soft Drinks’ sponsored Nigerian Idol music reality show for budding artists.
However, the male athletes for the competition include Kenya’s Bernard Sang who was first at the 2020 Istanbul Marathon, Hosea Chirchir Kiplimo, Rhonzas Lokitam, Kilimo, Eliud Mewangi, Sammy Nyokaye, John Muriuri Mburi, William Amponsah, Titus Kipruto Kibiego, and Paul Korch. Others are Uganda’s Ezekiel Chepkoromk and Azerbaijan’s Desta Fitsun Weldu.
Not left out are female athletes, which include Shila Jepkosgei, a World Athletics gold-label runner, Ghana’s Juliana Lariba Sakat, Kenya’s Gladys Jepkemoi Chemweno, Caern Jebet Maiyo, Ruth Karanja, Susy Chebet Chemaimak, and Hannah Wanjiru Gatheru, Also on the list is Uganda’s Racheal Zena Chebet, and Bahrain’s Damaris Muthee Mutua.