By Wale Joseph
The State of Osun is set to host an half marathon come November, 2019.
The half marathon is the first road race to hold in the history of the state.
According to the representatives of the organisers of the race which is being done in conjunction with the state government, Aderemi Akinwale over 20,000 athletes are expected to take part in the race put together to celebrate the first year in office of Governor Gboyega Oyetola, saying that prize money for the event will be in three categories.
Akinwale who is the Director of the marathon and also an official of Zenith Business Suite explained that "the starting point for the marathon is the roundabout in front of the state secretariat, Abere. With about 10,000 to 20,000 participants expected in the race”.
Also speaking about the coming event, the Governor, Mr. Gboyega Oyetola, represented by Supervisor for the Ministry of Social Protection, Sports and Special Needs, Comrade Biyi Odunlade, said that the proposed Osun Heritage International Half Marathon, scheduled to hold on the 23rd November is aimed at sensitising the public on the importance of physical exercise and fitness for the health of the people.
He maintained that the marathon, which is being organised in conjunction with Zenith Business Suite, Lagos would also create opportunity for local athletes to showcase their potentials.
The Governor made these disclosures while addressing a press conference in Osogbo as part of the activities heralding the marathon exercise.
The governor stated that, "sport is an integral part of living", adding that it is part of the programmes being packaged to commemorate the first year anniversary of the current administration.
Gov. Oyetola noted that "the half marathon is to sensitise the public on physical exercise to enhance fitness. Sports boost circulatory system for a sound mind in a sound body."
While assuring that his administration would continue to create enabling environment for sports development, he restated his commitment to ensure overall infrastructural growth of state.
We would put in place effective security arrangement. Seven ambulances would be on ground for emergencies. The prizes category would be three phases.
Category 1 is international with prize in dollars.
Category 2 National prize is N1 million while category 3 is only for Osun State indigenes to win in monetary cash of N750,000.