A. Qunasah, GNA
Accra, August 26, GNA – The organisers of the
2016 Millennium Marathon race have announced that the first Ghanaian to cross
the finishing line and break last years’ time record will win a brand new
Peugeot car and GHȼ40,000.00 and other
consolation prizes from sponsors.
The ultimate prize will be contested by
athletes in the 21km race and another special 5km fun race category for
corporate organisations in a bid to create awareness of a healthy lifestyle.
The International Millennium Marathon, which
comes off on Saturday, September 3, is expected to draw about 20,000
participants across the world with two-time Olympic Champion and marathon
legend Haile Gebreselassie as race director.
According to the organisers, they wanted the
car to be won by a Ghanaian as compared to the maiden edition which saw
Ethiopians winning both the male and female categories race.
The second and third runners will pocket GHȼ25,000.00, GHȼ10,000.00 respectively
and the first to 3000 runners will be handed medals.
At a press conference held on Tuesday at the
Accra Metropolitan Assembly premises, Ambassador Mr. Ashim Morton, Managing
Partner of the Millennium Marathon Sports Company also revealed that, will
include wheel chair racing which offers the athletes to exhibit their skills
He added that, foreign athletes from Colombia
and Kenya are expected to arrive in the country on August 31 and called on
athletes and the general public to meet and interact with the finest and best
marathon athletes and winners of last year’s at the Accra Sports Stadium same
Mr. Morton stated that, professional coaches
will give advice and tips on health and training when preparing for the
competition and urged the participants to take advantage of the opportunity to
exchange ideas from the professionals.
The Chief Inspector of MTTU, Mr. William Kissi
said, they are ready to ensure that there is total security regarding the
He noted that, all roads on the 21km and 5km
routes will be blocked on the day and that, the Ghana Police Service will be at
the various road intersections to regulate traffic flow.
The Mayor of Accra, Mr. Alfred Oko Vanderpuje
challenged the Ghanaian runners to train well and win the ultimate prize and
pledged his outfit’s readiness to support the event to ensure the city is
The marathon starts at the Independence Square
through some selected principal streets of Accra.