As the Nigeria Defence Headquarters holds the maiden edition of its Armed Forces and Security Agencies Half Marathon Competition, on the 29th of April 2017, a total of 120 athletes drawn from the Armed Forces, security and para-military organisations, are set to compete for over N900, 000 cash prizes and trophies during the forth-coming Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) Half Marathon Championship.
The competition will have participants drawn from the Army, Navy, Air Force, Police, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Immigration, Prisons, Customs, Fire Service as well as the Federal Road Safety Corps.
Briefing journalists earlier today at the Defence Headquarters (DHQ), Abuja, the Chairman of the Organising Committee, Major General SB Davies, disclosed that the competition, which is “the first of its kind”, will “foster and solidify the relationship existing between the Armed Forces and security and para-military agencies”.
He added that the 21.5 kilometre race, which will hold in Abuja, is expected to have 20 veterans of the Armed Forces, and 100 other regular athletes.
While the first, second and third male and female winners will cart away N200, 000, N150, 000 and N100, 000 in that order, each of the veterans will collect N20, 000.
Major General Davis said that the marathon is a close race as it is not open to the general public and all the necessary logistics have been put in place to ensure a hitch free championship.
”We picked Abuja to host the maiden edition because all the security agencies have their headquarters in the Federal Capital territory which makes it easier for us to mobilise all necessary resources. Also we involved the Athletic Federation of Nigeria (AFN) that assisted us in terms of mapping out the routes, and standard set by the International body,” General Davies said.
He also said that the objective of the marathon is to foster good working relationship amongst the ranks and files as well as the officers.
Davies also stated that each agency will present 10 athletes, 6 male and 4 Female and the cash prize of N200,000 (two hundred thousand naira) for the top finisher, the runner-up will pocket N150,000 (one hundred and fifty thousand naira), while the third placed athlete will go home with N100,000 (hundred thousand naira).
The start point of the marathon will begin at Area one Games village round about, to National Stadium, Berger bridge, Mabushi bridge, Kado bridge, Tipper garage, Maitama junction, Manbila barracks, State house round about, AYA round about and finish at Mogadishu Cantonment where prizes and certificates will be presented to the participants by Chief of Defence Staff, General A.G Olanisakin.
The security agencies taking part in the marathon are Army, Navy, Airforce, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corp (NSCDC) Police, Immigration, Fire Service, Federal Road Safety Commission, Prisons, Customs.