Master Oluwatosin Adedeji from Osun state and Mrs David Abiye (Oyo) have emerged winners of the maiden edition of Sunshine Marathon in make and female categories respectively.
Master Shaba Dare (Jos) and Miss Nuhu Elizabeth joy also from Jo’s, came second in both categories, while Abubakar Muhammed (Jos) and Adofure Charity (Osun) ended the marathon on third position respectively.
The starting point of the marathon was at the Akure Airport through “A” Division police station, NEPA axis and ended at the Arcade at Igbatoro road.
The Chairman of the planning committee, Ayomikun Benjamin Oladele disclosed that the competition was organised in conjuction with the Ondo State Ministry of Youth and Sports Development.
Oladele while congratulating the winners of the marathon, called on government at all levels to always support individuals and private sectors with a lofty ideas that can meaningfully engage the Youths.
He said they have been organizing series of events like ,comedy show and others in the state , saying they decided to take it to another dimension by going into sports because of its unifying nature.
He said: “We decided to organise this marathon race because it has not been given the deserved recognition in this part of the state.
” Football and few others were the only sports been celebrated here that is why we decided to bring the youth together with the long distance race”.
“The race is not just for the fun of it but an avenue to show to the world that talents abound in Ondo State and in the country at large”.
“The competition will not be one off event, I’m sure the second edition will be improved upon”.
The winner of the male category, Oluwatosin Adedeji thanked the organisers for their efforts at contributing their quota to the development of Sports in country.
While thanking the organisers, Adedeji disclosed that he had been participating the marathon race since 2018.
On her part, the female champion, Mrs David Abiye said she had prepared very well for the race.
The winners of different categories were presented with cash prizes.