Nilayo Sports Management Limited, organisers of the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon, Great Abeokuta 10KM Race, Valuejet IAU African Championships among other races across the country has announced Ijebu International Half Marathon, a Half Marathon holding in Ijebu Ode.
Mr. Bukola Olopade, the Chief Executive Officer of Nilayo Sports Management limited said “we are very excited about organising another international road race in Ogun state. The Ijebu International Half Marathon is a 21 Kilometre race, the route will start from the newly constructed Epe-Ijebu road and will end at the Otunba Dipo Dina International Stadium.
The Ijebu International Half Marathon was motivated by Ijebu Heritage Club. The club is an outstanding community of Ijebu Ode sons and daughters who thought it wise to have an international marathon in Ijebu land.”
Ogun State Commissioner for Youth & Sports, Dr. Oluwadare Kehinde reiterated the commitment of His Excellency, Prince Dapo Abiodun to increasing the capacity of Ogun state youths.
He said “When the idea of the Ijebu International Half Marathon 2021 was first introduced, everybody attested to the timeliness and necessity of the event at a time like this. This is because the Government of His Excellency, Prince Dr. Dapo Abiodun MFR is favourably disposed to ideas aimed at increasing the capacity of Ogun State Youths.
It should be recalled that year 2020, with its attendant twists and turns placed an unfavourable restriction on sports and sporting developments worldwide. It can be said that not much was recorded in areas of Sports throughout last year. This interregnum placed most Athletes and Sports Lovers on physical & psychology fatigue.
The Ijebu International Half Marathon 2021 has therefore created an enabling environment to put on our sporting shoes and invigorate our muscles. In this connection, the 2021 Edition is not a game to miss for all discerning athletes and sports lovers.”
The commissioner commended Nilayo Sports Management Limited for putting up the race at this crucial moment. He enjoined all participants to take the race in the spirit of friendship and camaraderie whilst keeping to all laid down health rules, safety standards & precautions.
This race will open a new vista opportunity for runners in Ogun state, the race will also greatly spotlight the importance of health and fitness in Ijebu Ode and environs, added Mr. Sulaiman Adebayo, the Head Communications and Media, Ijebu International Half Marathon.
Ijebu International Half Marathon is greatly supported by the Ogun state government. The event will also feature a 5 Kilometre race for fun runners. The event will hold in July, 2021.