By Edna Quansah
Nestle Ghana Limited, the official sponsors of the Accra MILO® Marathon has launched the 28th edition of the Marathon in Accra.
The event dubbed “Every Champion Starts by Taking a First Step” is billed for September 21, a day which also marks Founder’s Day in Ghana.The marathon is expected to attract 10,000 runners in the different categories earmarked for this year’s event. There will be a 42.2km race for adults; 15km race for Under 15 school children and a 5km fun non - competitive race.
The 15 kilometers covered distance will commence at the Azumah Nelson Sport complex, while the 42 kilometers race for the adults will start from "Junction Mall", Nungua Barrier and end at the Dansoman Keep Fit Club grounds.
Speaking at the launch, Antoinette Arkoh, Human Resource Manager of Nestle Ghana Limited, reiterated the company’s commitment to encouraging young children to aspire to get to the ultimate through sport. She disclosed that an amount of GHC200, 000 worth in cash and product prizes will be given out this year and every step taken in this year’s marathon goes to providing shoes for the unprivileged children in the country.
Launching the event, the Director – General of Basic Schools of the Ghana Education Service, Mr. Stephen Adu, expressed his gratitude to Nestle Ghana Limited through its brand MILO® for their continues support in providing various platforms for the development of various sporting talents in the country and promised the organizers their support.
He said We as an institution once again wish to lend our unflinching support to the organizers of the race. For us this is the way to go once again. It is an opportunity for a nation to keep fit and benefit from all the good things that comes with the marathon.
The passion of seeing the young, adolescents, old and all different professionals on one stage gives us joy hence the need to give Nestlé MILO® all the support they need in this direction.”
The winner for the adult race will pocket a GHC15,000.00 cash prize whilst the first and second runners-up get GHC5, 000.00 and GHC3, 000.00 respectively. In the Junior category, the winner will go home with GHC5,000.00 whereas the first and second runners-up will also receive GHC2,000.00 and GHC1,000.00 respectively.
Meanwhile new security measures have been put in place to prevent athletics from cheating.