CDS Marathon:250 Security Personnel Participate

by on June 13, 2019

By Sylvanus Ofekun

Over 250 marathoners will participate at the third edition of chief of defence half marathon championship slated for 15 June 2019.

Chairman of the organising committee,Commodore N Bala told journalists on Tuesday during a press briefing that the marathoners will be from 14 security agencies.

“The half marathon is expected to cover a distance of 21.5km. this year’s edition also includes the participation of veteran officers. They are expected to cover a distance of 10km.
“The starting point for the regular marathoners is Public Service Institute at Dutse Junction, along Kubwa Expressway.
“Members of the organising committee for the exercise are drawn from the participating security agencies and the armed forces of Nigeria including representatives from the Athletuc Federation of Nigeria, AFN, Ministry of Sports and Youth Development as well as FCT Sports Council.
“The championship has attracted highly revered and esteemed sponsors such as Innoson Vehicle Manufacturing which donated an IVM G5 SUV car; Mujaf Global Automobile donated by Hyndai Elentra; Elizade Motors donated a Toyota Yaris 2018 Model.
“Others are Thermocool which donated deep freezer, Fridges and washing machines; Sapphire Scents donated assorted scents and wrist watches; Emzor Pharmaceuticals donated cartons of para1000, a brand of the company;
“Other sponsors include Federal Inland revenue Services, FIRS;7up Bottling Company, Zenith Bank, Airtel, Habib Yogourt, Arch Expo, Devine Info, DSTV and Gasweez Consult Limited and many others.
“The event also enjoys the goodwill and support of all the Service Chiefs, IGP as well as heads of security agencies. There are a lot of mouth-watering prizes to be worn including cash,” he said.

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Commodore Bala assured Nigerians especially Abuja residents of free flow of movements and respect to human dignity and called on them not to entertain fears.
He further called on their understanding stating that part of the Abuja-Zuba Expressway will be closed from public for the duration of the exercise.
The Chief of Defence Staff  half Marathon was initiated by General Abayomi Olonisakin 3 years ago.
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