Opobo monarch predicts better future for marathon as race holds January 5
Amayanabo of Opobo, King Dandeson Douglas Jaja, Jeki V, has predicted that the fifth Opobo Marathon will be better than previous events.
The Treaty King, who acknowledged that the yearly race has added to his kingdom’s tourism industry, said he was impressed with the organisation of previous marathons and particularly, the presence of athletes from all over the country.
Speaking when he was presented with the new logo of Opobo Marathon by the Team Lead, Iyowuna Cookey, at the Rivers State Council of Traditional Rulers secretariat in Port Harcourt, the monarch said: “The marathon is a well thought out event aimed at showcasing Opobo to the world as it will attract many people. It will also give visibility to the kingdom and identity to the people.
“It will help to arouse the consciousness of our people in exercising, as everybody needs to exercise. Marathon will test your strength and spirit of sportsmanship.”
King Jaja promised to offer all necessary support to ensure the success of the marathon.
Cookey informed the King that since its first edition, the Opobo Marathon has continued to grow in leaps and bounds.
He noted that next year’s edition will attract more participants as athletes across Nigeria have made the Opobo Marathon part of their yearly calendar.
“We want to assure you of our commitment towards organising a hitch-free marathon that would bring pride and honour to Opobo Kingdom and Rivers State at large,” he said.
Also speaking, the patron of the event organisers, Sody Peterside said the marathon would bring people from all walks of life together in a convivial atmosphere that would reflect the rich cultural heritage of the people.