Rahmon Kareem, and Mary Ajayi, yesterday, won the male and female categories at the maiden edition of the Ogbomosho Marathon. The race took place in the ancient city of Ogbomosho, Oyo State, amidst fanfare.
Kareem, an indigene of Ogbomosho land won the race with a time of 34:44, while Ajayi won with a time of 43:37.
Speaking after the race, the 20-year Kareem said: “I’m happy I won this maiden edition, the guy, who came second pushed me to win the race because I had to keep up with his pace.
“In life, we have to start from somewhere, I have started well today and I wish to continue to excel in subsequent ones”.
The second position went to Adetiba Abiodun with a time of 34:35, while Tunde Adewumi clinched the third position with a time of 35:34.
In her reaction, Ajayi, a 17-year-old University of Lagos Human Kinetics student said: “My aim was to win and I’m glad to have achieved it. I wish to compete in subsequent editions to make my state and nation proud”.
Former CAF and FIFA Executive Committee member, Dr. Amos Adamu; the President of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria, Olamide George; a representative of the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr. Kola Daniel, traditional rulers, and other dignitaries graced the event.