The inaugural edition of the Abuja International Marathon – the only full marathon authorised by the FCTA with route measured and calibrated by the AIMS, and approved by World Athletics – holds on 29th April 2023.
In a statement signed by the Race Director, Olukayode Thomas, the new date was agreed upon after extensive consultations with all the stakeholders in the industry from runners to sponsors, officials of the FCTA, elite runners home and abroad, among others.
Thomas said: “The management and staff of Unicentral Resources Generation Limited will like to use this opportunity to appreciate the general public and all the security agencies in particular for the decision to postpone the race because the lives of everyone matters.
“Secondly, though we have put everything in place that will ensure we organise the first full international marathon and make it a memorable one, we prioritised the safety of human lives, so we had to postpone the race to April 29, 2023.’’
The Race Director thanked the runners and other stakeholders who called to empathise and expressed their confidence in the staff and management of Unicentral to organise a world-class race and also express their commitment to participate in the race whenever a new date is announced.
Thomas said, “There will be three races on the day, we have the full marathon that is 42.195 km, the 10 km fun race, and the 5km race for students.
“Also, there are many lead-up activities to the race; they include the unveiling of the winner of the High School that participated in the production of the theme song for the Abuja International Marathon.”
The race will also be preceded by a week-long Marathon Expo with the theme- Celebrating the Best of FCT-, Other activities include but are not limited to the unveiling of the Marathon Logo, the unveiling of race ambassadors, and others.
Unicentral Resources Generation Limited is the only organisation licensed to organise a full international marathon in FCT by FCTA in accordance with World Athletics norms and best global practices.