Eighty is the recurring figure as the Abeokuta road race organisers unfold plans 80 days to an event that celebrates 80th birthday of the city’s paramount ruler,  Oba Adedotun Aremu Gbadebo, the Alake of Egbaland.

The 10 km Abeokuta Road Race which enters its third edition will hold on 9 September as part of the week-long activities celebrating the 80th birthday of the Abeokuta monarch.

A total of 42 foreign long distance runners have indicated interest in competing at the 2023 edition. Added to that will also be Nigerians as the road race sets to surpass the recurring figure 80.

The third edition has Lotus Bank as the title sponsors.

The prime-mover of road races in Nigeria and the brain behind the Abeokuta event,  Chief Bukola Olopade, marked the 80 days to the 10km race with the unveiling of logistics.

Olopade is the Chief Executive Officer / Managing Director of Nilayo Sports Management Company, the event organisers.

According to him, the 10km race will flag off at the Iyana Oloke, Onikolobo and finish at the entrance to the Alake of Egbaland Palace, Ake, Abeokuta.

The foreign winners at the 2023 Abeokuta 10km Race will go home with a total prize money of twelve thousand five hundred dollars.

Olopade gave the breakdown of the prizes.

According to him, the champion of the 3rd Abeokuta 10km Race will go home with a cash prize of five thousand dollars. The second place winner gets $3000, third place $2,000 and fourth place $1,500 and fifth place $1,000 making a total of $12,000.

He declared that the 2023 edition of the Abeokuta 10km Race would  be special in many ways.

First, he expressed delight over partnership of the race with Lotus Bank Ltd who are the title sponsors of the Abeokuta 10km Race.

He disclosed that the front of the Alake of Egbaland would be the finish point of the race, which is the 3rd edition.  

Olopade noted that: “there will be fanfare at the finish point of the race on September 9 after the race, with top Nigerian artistes performing to the delight of the runners and guests at the race.”

The Group Head, South West Marketing of Lotus Bank,  Oluwafolajinmi Brodie-Mends, stated at the  press conference held at the Centenary Hall, Ake, Abeokuta, that, it was important to use the Abeokuta 10km Road Race to help the youths in the state develop themselves and  to also use the race to further expand the tentacles of the new generation bank.

The Project Manager of the event,  Seyi Johnson of Nilayo Sports Mgt , disclosed that 42 foreign runners have already indicated interest to participate in the event.

He stressed that the September 9 race will flag off at 7am depending on the weather situation.

For the Nigerian runners, the first position will go home with a cash prize of  N2m, second place N1million and third N500,000.

The fourth position will go home with a cash prize of N300,000, the fifth place will go home with N200, 000.

The Alake of Egbaland, Oba Aremu Gbadebo, during a courtesy visit to his Palace led by Chief Bukola Olopade, after the media briefing, commended the organisers, Nilayo Sports Management Limited and the  title sponsor, Lotus Bank for maintaining high  standards in the state.

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