Organisers of the 2023 Lotus Bank Abeokuta 10km Road Race, Nilayo Sports Management, on Tuesday, confirmed the routes for the race in company of sponsors and other stakeholders ahead of the event, scheduled to hold on 9th September.
The inspection team converged on MKO Abiola Stadium, Kuto before moving to Oloke Junction (Iyana Oloke), which connects the Government Residential Area, Ibara, with several other suburbs.
Oloke Junction is popular with students of Moshood Abiola Polytechnic, as it is the closest landmark to the citadel of learning, as well as other populated areas. It is the flag off point for the race on September 9.
According to the organisers, the race will have its first water point at Oluwo Junction, another multifarious axis, from where runners will proceed to the 2.5Kilomtres mark, opposite the popular Domino’s Pizza building.
Kilometre three is the usually busy Omida Market, where residents, market men and women, known to be enthusiastic about the race, will watch and cheer the runners.
The runners will then proceed to the iconic and colourful Sapon Flyover, before heading to Itoko, Adatan round about, and the finish line at the palace of the Alake and paramount ruler of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo.
According to the Project Manager of Nilayo Sports Management, Seyi Johnson, mechanisms have been put in place to ensure a seamless road race.
“The Ogun State government has provided the enabling environment and is also playing a pivotal role so we are very good to go.
“The sponsors are enthusiastic too and we, as a brand that is known for top-notch events, will once again do what we know how to do best,” he said.
He explained that the race is in the itinerary of the 80th birthday celebration of the Alake and paramount ruler of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo, whom recently gave the race royal blessings when the organisers visited his palace.