In line with its mission to advance the career of women at all times, the organizers of the Lagos Women’s Run have offered financial and moral support to some of the country’s exceptional female athletes.
At the seventh edition of the Lagos Women Run held on Saturday, some of the country’s Paralympians, especially those who participated in the recent Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, were around to receive a special package put together for them.
Among the list of cash prize winners by the Lagos Women Run organizers was Goodness Nwachukwu, who bagged a gold medal for Nigeria in the women’s Discus F42-44/61-64 event.
Nwachukwu, who set two world records before winning gold in Birmingham, thanked the organizers of the Lagos Women Run for their well thought out gesture to especially support the special athletes.
“It’s a pleasant surprise for me and my other colleagues who have been honored by the organizers of the Lagos Women Run. This show of love is greatly appreciated.
“I have to admit, this is quite timely, and it shows that the organizers of the Lagos Women Run want the best for everyone, whether they are physically fit or physically challenged,” she stated.
Tayo Popoola, coordinator of the Lagos Women Run, explained that the gesture to special athletes is one of the many ways the project is trying to help women from all walks of life.
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“We have constantly said that the Lagos Women Run is beyond sports, and we will continue to do more in collaboration with our partners and sponsors,” assured Popoola.
“What we’ve given to these Special Athletes is a sign that we really care about them. We hope it will help increase their training and personal needs”
Maisaje Vera-Yohanna from Plateau State was the winner of the 2022 edition of the Lagos Women Run.
She finished the race in a time of 29.38.72 minutes ahead of Lagos State’s Haruna Hauwawu who finished in 29.57.59 minutes and Delta State’s Charity Agofure was third with a time of 30.13.17.
Among the large crowd of participants who graced the seventh Lagos Women’s Run were several dignitaries including Taiwo Akosile who represented His Excellency Ibironke Sanwo-Olu.
Among others, Elohor Aiboni, the first female managing director Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company (SNEPCo), and Yemisi Tinubu, Vice President, Lagos State Athletics Association, among others.
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