National elite athletes cheer Warri-Effurun Peace Marathon
National elite athletes who are participating in the Warri-Effurun Peace Marathon holding in Warri today have expressed satisfaction with the arrangements for the event.
The 10km race meant to promote peace and friendship in the Niger Delta region, is entertaining the national elite runners for the first time. According to one of the athletes, Rigim Timothy the organization far exceeded their expectations. This is even as the race promoters are contemplating a full blown marathon in subsequent editions.
“We are very happy to be in Warri for the race. And we really appreciate what we have seen so far. “It is good that we are having a series of races in the country with prize money attached. With this, we the long distance runners can look forward to something in the season. This will also aid our efforts to catch up with our East African counterparts,” said the athlete from
Also Secretary to the Delta State government, Festus Ovie Agas called on the Athletics Federation of Nigeria to pay more attention to the development of the event as it has potentials to help groom Nigerian athletes.
“It is the expectation of the Delta State Government that the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) will leverage on this important sporting event by ensuring appropriate contributions to its development,” said Hon. Agas in a message to the athletes and participants.