By KATO P. LADAN, Kaduna
The Governor of Kaduna State, Malam Nasir el-Rufai has welcomed no fewer than 27 Elite athletes to the Kaduna Marathon, assuring them that by participating, they are writing their names in history books for being part of the maiden edition.
Represented by Deputy Governor of the state, Dr. Hadiza Balarabe, he expressed this at a pre Marathon press briefing held in Kaduna on Friday.
“When you start the race, you will be creating history as participants of the maiden event,” she said.
Speaking further, the acting Governor of Kaduna State, said that Marathon provides another platform to bring people to Kaduna and bring Kaduna people together.
She said that the sponsors, elite runners and journalists are welcome to Kaduna for the first edition, which promised to be inspiring.
“Your decision to run in this race has made it successful and an inspiration to all of us,” she told the elite athletes from several countries, as well as local runners from across Nigeria.
“We recognize the technical partners and broadcasters as well,” she added.
The Acting Governor appealed to everyone to bear with them for the road closure, stressing it would just be for hours and serves greater good.
“We look forward to having you all here next year for the second edition,” she concluded.