“The total distance of the race is 21.03km (approximately half a marathon), covering a total area of 23.04km2. The flag off/start point is the Eagle Square. Athlete will run through the marathon route and finish at the Eagle Square. This makes the start and finish point the same.
“The first and second edition was adjudged a huge success in that 185–200 athletes participated in the race with the first to tenth positions in both the male and female category taking home cash prizes ranging from one million naira to twenty thousand naira.
“The fight against corruption is not a one off battle, rather a continuous one that requires perseverance and endurance. This is the reason behind this initiative. The marathon race is symbolic in that without perseverance and endurance one can’t start and finish a marathon race.
Giving more update on the race, he said: “This initiative happens to be the first globally. It is our desire that it is sustained over time and improved on in subsequent Editions. It is also expected to be a platform to encourage and empower participating athletes.
“We have equally gotten more corporate organization in the public and private sectors, individuals and groups involved in carrying out the planning, organization and host the third edition our partners/ collaborators include; but not limited to the following: Ministry of Youth and Sports Development, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Aviation and her Agencies, Ministry of Special Duties and Inter-Government Affairs,
Ministry of Foreign Affairs and its Parastatals, Ministry of Science and Technology and its agencies, Office of Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Nigeria Police, FRSC, NOC, AFN, EFCC, ICPC,
Public Compliant Commission, Public Compliant and Anti-Corruption Commission, Kano State Nigeria Hajj Commission etc.
“We have set in motion machineries to ensure that this third edition is expected to be flagged of by our country number one citizen, President Muhammadu Buhari, the Senate President, Ahmed Lawan and other prominent citizens of our dear Nation to commemorate this year’s United Nations (UN) International Anti-corruption Day.
“Just as President Buhari was when he said “if we do not kill corruption, corruption will kill us”. Ours is to create more and more awareness on the danger of corruption to the existence of our citizens; especially the youths.