For more than three hours on Saturday, parents, teachers and marathon fans were thrilled by the performance of over 2000 children, who took part in the 2018 Lagos Kids Mini Marathon, an initiative of St. Saviour’s School, Ikoyi Endowment Fund.
The Lagos Kids Mini Marathon, which was supported by MTN, through its mPulse (a special customer proposition for teens and tweens), is the first kids-focused marathon event in Lagos. It was created to inspire children to be physically active from an early age, as well as raise funds for charity. This year’s event had as its theme: “Active Kids Rock.”
At the end of the race through the streets of Ikoyi, Gbenle Similoluwa, and Goodluck Dara emerged winners in the male and female category. They went home with a prize of N100, 000 each, courtesy of MTN.
The Chief Marketing Officer, MTN Nigeria, Rahul De said: “This event did not only provide a platform for the participating kids to engage in physical exercises, we believe it would also stimulate children to adopt healthy lifestyles from a very young age.”
One of the beneficiaries, Goodluck Dara, thanked MTN Nigeria saying: “I have just won the kids marathon for 5km, and it was very exciting. Last year, I came second. What I did this time around was to keep motivating myself that I could do it.”
“My watchword is start strong finish strong, and that is what really drove me to do my best today. I want to say thank you to MTN for supporting this event.”
Last year’s event featured over 2,000 participants from about 50 schools.