OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE ON THE KICKSTART OF THE SECOND EDITION OF THE BONNY ISLAND MARATHON 2019
Members of the Press
Our Sponsors, Partners, and Prospects
Our esteem participants
The General Public
It is with great pleasure that we inform you today about our return for the BONNY Island Marathon and to update you about the line up of activities including our prospects for this year’s edition.
Bonny Island Marathon is a premier and undoubtedly the biggest sports, tourism, and entertainment event in Bonny Island, Rivers State. We are poised to grow into a renown sports events in Nigeria and Africa in years to come.
On its second edition, this year’s marathon is scheduled for December 7, 2019, (6:00am) with “Racing for Unity” as our official theme.
This theme is in consonance with societal realities relevant in today’s world. By this notice, we’re inviting over 5,000 participants (male/female), young, old, across the country and beyond.
The maiden edition of the Bonny Island Marathon which held on the 15th of December 2018, covered 15 kilometers and drew over 1,500 participants across 18 states of the Federation including Lagos, Abuja, kaduna, Cross Rivers, Enugu, and a range of other states in other geopolitical zones in Nigeria.
On the return of the second edition of the BONNY Island Marathon, we are not just promising experience but engaging packages and activities that’ll leave participants with memories.
We are also increasing rewards and cash prizes up to a sum of three hundred thousand Naira (N300,000) for participants and Freebies for other categories.
We will also be having two classes of runners;
I. Elite Runners: These are actual runners competing for various Prizes.
II. Leisure Runners: These are participants running for fitness, enthusiasm or for fun.
We are also informing the participants to take note of the Increment of kilometers from 15km to 20km, covering major routes on BONNY Island.
In addition to the winner’s, a new category has been added called – The “INDIGENOUS Winner.” This category highlights and recognizes the first person to complete the 20km Race who originates from any of the 35 Houses in the Grand Bonny kingdom.
The BONNY Island Marathon 2019 Kick-off point is Finima Stadium and ends at the “Bonny Youth Federation Secretariat”, Berger Road in BONNY.
HOW TO REGISTER
- Visit: bit.ly/Bimreg2019 or scan QR code (Participants outside Bonny Island)
- For manual registrants; obtain forms at any of the underlisted Manual registration outlets in Bonny:
a) Care Management, King Jaja Street.
b) Printing Solution, Finima Roundabout.
c) Cindy Beauty Art, Amaomu Junction, Town.
d) Cons Beauty, Finima, (Beside Stadium)
e) Hair city, Akiama.
REGISTRATION ends at midnight on November 25th, 2019.
The management of the BONNY Island Marathon is offering 100 FREE Bibs courtesy of our partners for the first 100 persons who register early. This is to encourage early registration so we can have a clear idea of participants with available data.
We are interested in ensuring safety and security and we’re working hard to build partnerships with relevant authorities and organizations to ensure this at the event. Also guaranteed are traffic warders, medical personnel, security personnel and Ambulance for any emergency and coaster buses to convey fatigued runners to the finish line. Plans are seriously on the ground to eliminate or reduce any form of casualty.
We endure that individuals that complete their forms duly will be notified of Hospitals to conduct their “Fitness to Participate Test (FPT)” in Bonny Island and Portharcourt respectively and possibly other outlets outside the State.
Also, individuals outside Rivers State or those who may not meet up the fitness Test in our respective hospitals are expected to get a medical fitness result from a Government approved hospital or forfeit their chances of contesting.
Entertainment is one of our vocal interest, this means, this year’s marathon would feature a Fiesta at the end of the race, for all participants, families, friends, children, fun lovers, etc. This Fiesta would include Games, Music, Raffle draws, Comedy, and a Relaxation Hub. So while you’re done running you come and have fun.
Fiesta kicks off at Marathon end time @ the BYF Secretariat, Berger Road, Bonny Island.
We use this opportunity to call on interested relevant partners and sponsors including parties who will like to contribute and be part of the success of this year’s edition as we’re open to partnerships and collaborate especially for the economic value the BONNY Island Marathon would bring to our dear community and the State in general.
For inquiries and other information please contact the BONNY Island Marathon team on any of the underlisted phone numbers:
Please forward official information and documents via our official email address:
Please follow us on our official social media platforms and stay updated about latest updates with @bonnyislandmarathon
Thank you for being with, and supporting the BONNY Island Marathon.
Rossphilips Rossphilips (Irimagha)
FOR: BONNY ISLAND MARATHON
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