29th Accra Milo Marathon to attract 10,000 runners

By Edna
A. Quansah, GNA

Accra, Aug. 18, GNA – The 29th edition
of the Accra Milo Marathon billed for Wednesday September 21 is expected to
attract 10,000 runners to battle for the GH
ȼ15, 000.00 cash prize and products.

The marathon themed “Every Champion Starts by
Taking a Giant Step” will be contested in two categories. The mass category,
which will cover a distance of 42. 2km for adults and the 5km non- competitive
Fun race to encourage family work out for physical health.

The mass race will start at the Nungua Police
barrier through the principal streets of Accra, whilst the Fun race commences
at the Salvation Army at Korle Gonno to the Dansoman Keep fit Club.

The annual race was launched on Wednesday at
the Nestle Ghana Limited and saw the attendance of Former Black Stars Captain
Stephen Appiah, the Minister of Tourism, Elizabeth Ofosu-Agyare and her Deputy,
Dzifa Gomashie.

Speaking at the function, the President of the
Dansoman Keep Fit Club, Daniel Welbeck, organisers of the event, said the
marathon had been sustained over the years due to efficient organisation and
the mutual relationship involving Nestle Ghana and the Dansoman Keep Fit Club.

According to Welbeck, this year’s edition
would be colourful and successful and urged participants to adhere to the rules
governing the competition, adding that, to ensure athletes are fully fit ahead
of the competition, there will be a medical screening before the start of the
race.

Antoinette Arkoh, Head of Human Resource of
Nestle Ghana said his outfit’s commitment to developing sports in Ghana has
kept them in close collaboration with the Dansoman Keep Fit Club for many
years.

She said Nestle’s wish to be part of the
nation’s success in growing future sports men and women has urged Nestle to be
involved in events like the Accra Milo Marathon and the Milo U-13 Champions
League tournaments.

The Managing Director of Nestle Ghana Freda Y.
Duplan said the company will continue to inspire the youth to get into sports
and believes that sports has a unique ability to help instill life values, such
as hard work, responsibility, fair play, discipline, perseverance and team
spirit.

Nestle, the World’s leading nutrition, health
and Wellness Company is committed to promoting healthy diets and lifestyle and
to support grass roots sports at the basic school level, including the Milo
U-13 Champions League and the President Day’s Award, as well as the junior
championship.

As part of the organisation, Milo has pledged
to donate about 4,000 pairs of shoes to be distributed in collaboration with
the Ghana Education Service.

Registration for the event starts on Friday
August 19 to Monday, September 19,

GNA

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