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The Lagos City Marathon 2017: Advisory for the Day

The second edition of the Lagos City Marathon will take place on Saturday, February 11, 2017. It will kick off by 6 AM at the Western Avenue in front of the National Stadium in Surulere, and end at the periphery of the Eko Atlantic City, Victoria Island.

Routes to be Closed

  • Third Mainland Bridge, from 7.15 AM to 2 PM.
  • Alaka Road Service Lane, from 5.45 AM to 7.30 AM.
  • National Stadium to Ojuelegba, Dormanlong Bridge, Onipanu, Obanikoro and Anthony, from 6.45 AM to 9 AM.
  • Anthony Village to Oworonsoki, from 7.15 AM to 9 AM.
  • Adekunle Junction linking Third Mainland Bridge, from 7.30 AM to 2 PM.

Alternative Routes

Race routes will be closed to traffic, and motorists are advised to take the following alternative routes:

  • Vehicles heading towards Victoria Island from Ikeja axis should go through Ikorodu Road.
  • Motorists going in the direction of Victoria Island from Badagry and Mile 2 should go through Apapa/Orile to link Eko Bridge to Victoria Island.
  • People on the mainland are advised to avoid the Masha area, especially the National Stadium; they are to go through Iponri/Iganmu to Eko Bridge, and on to Victoria Island.
  • Vehicles from Okota are to go through Mile 2 to Orile, Eko Bridge to Victoria Island.
  • Motorists heading towards Victoria Island from Sango-Otta are to go through Mushin, Funsho Williams Avenue, and connect to Eko Bridge to Victoria Island.
  • Motorists from Epe-Ajah-Lekki axis can get to Victoria Island using the Lekki alternative route.
  • Vehicles moving from Ikoyi to the mainland are to go through Alfred Rewane Road via Osborne to the mainland.

LASTMA officials are expected to be on duty to monitor and control traffic on the day.

For those who will be participating

Here are a few tips for those who will be participating in the marathon.

  • Do not run if you feel unwell.
  • Make sure you wear footwear you’ll be comfortable in; if the weather is hot, wear loose mesh clothing.
  • Take along with you only what is necessary (including just enough money for the day’s needs); leave your valuables at home.
  • Drink (water) whenever you can, especially during the first half of the race- but don’t drink too much. Have something to drink and eat after you’re done with running, and rest.
  • Be security conscious, and stay alert.
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Ikenna Nwachukwu

Ikenna Nwachukwu holds a bachelor's degree in Economics from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. He loves to look at the world through multiple lenses- economic, political, religious and philosophical- and to write about what he observes in a witty, yet reflective style.

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