Omoyele Sowore, the presidential candidate of the AAC, actively participated in the annual Lagos City Marathon, traditionally organized by Access Bank in collaboration with the Lagos state government.
The marathon, featuring categories of 42 KM and 10 KM, unfolded across Surulere, Lekki, and Victoria Island on Saturday morning. Notably, as the 52-year-old Sowore commenced from Lekki Phase 1, his ultimate destination was the finishing line at the Eko Atlantic venue for the award ceremony.
It was observed by reporters that Sowore, rallying his supporters under the banner of #RunWithSowore, transitioned the event into a platform for a peaceful protest. Following the marathon’s completion, they expressed their concerns, protesting against the escalating issues of insecurity and hardships prevalent in the country.
Approximately 100 participants joined Sowore in the protest, chanting songs advocating for “non-commodification of education” and expressing grievances against Tinubu, referring to him as a traitor.
In the 2024 Lagos City Marathon, Bernard Sang triumphed in the 42km race, outpacing 80 elite marathoners and claiming the grand prize of $50,000 with a remarkable finish time of 2 hours, 16 minutes, and 49 seconds. Simon Cheprot and Edwin Kiptoo secured the second and third positions, earning $40,000 and $30,000, respectively.
Among the women, 25-year-old Ethiopian Kebene Chala secured the top spot, earning the same grand prize of $50,000. Both male and female winners have also earned spots in the marathon event at the 2024 Olympics in Paris.