*Running for different causes is motivating
General Coordinator of the Lagos Women Run, Tayo Popoola, has expressed her delight on the increased participants that would take part in the 2017 edition of the event which has been scheduled to hold on Saturday 11th November, 2017 in line with the Lagos State’s Government’s initiative for women.
She disclosed that, the increase was basically because of the successes recorded at the 2016 edition which was the inaugural edition. About 3,000 women are expected to do the run.
“The state governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, is always happy when he sees women engage in sports events with a common purpose of eradicating vices which negatively affects women. He is comfortable doing this with the support of his wife, Mrs Bolanle Ambode.”
She noted that: “the Lagos Women Run is a 10 kilometre run where women from different spheres of life will converge to do a lot of things together. It’s not just about a group of women in a sports competition racing to reach the finish line so as to win the prize money. It is a run that comes in many facets with a lot of attachments. There will be women who will come and run against cancer, some will run for campaign against women brutality and other social vices against the well-being of women which have been frowned at by the society.
“The Lagos State government has initiated a lot of programmes to campaign against all these and seeing the Lagos Women Run boost the initiative through sports is a measure that has been commended by the Governor himself especially as the Run’s objective is to get women to the starting point of fitness through RUN. Among other, the event is expected to bring awareness to the general public about issues affecting women such as Sexual abuse, female child education, family and issues of equality.”
Tayo Popoola, who is also the first woman Taekwondo practitioner in Nigeria, noted that, there are different categories of participants. There are some who will walk all through the 10 kilometres, while some other will be on wheel chairs and some others will race to beat the time recorded last year.
The stage is set for the 2017 edition of the Lagos Women Run which flags off from the National Stadium, Surulere, Lagos. With the success of the 2016 edition, the number of participants for this year’s event is already more than what was recorded last year.
Popoola also expressed gratitude to the Lagos State Government, Nigerian Women in Sports (NAWIS), Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN), Road Safety Commission, Nigerian Police, Medical Units and other relevant groups for their enormous support so far, hoping for more support between now and the date of the event.