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Coal City Marathon

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The Coal City Marathon is an annual international event held in Enugu State, Nigeria.


Coal City Marathon
LocationEnugu
Event typeRoad
DistanceMarathon, half marathon
Established2018
Official siteCoal City Marathon
Participants1320 (2018)

Overview[edit | edit source]

The Coal City Marathon held on November 24, 2018, was the first ever international half marathon to be held in the entire South-East Zone of Nigeria[1]. A 21 Kilometer half marathon which started off from Michael Okpara Square, Independence Layout Enugu and ended at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium along Ogui Road, Enugu.[2]. The event saw over 1,320 local and International runners from Kenya, Ethiopia and Cameroun.[3]

2019[edit | edit source]

The 2019 coal city marathon is scheduled to take place in November according to the Athletics Federation of Nigeria Tentative 2019 Programme [4] and has been listed as one of the five upcoming races every Nigerian should look forward to in 2019 [5]

2018[edit | edit source]

The half marathon which is certified by the AFN (Athletics Federation of Nigeria) had the routes inspected and approved by the officials [6]and saw three Nigerians and three Kenyans emerging as winners. The 2018 winner received 3,500 dollars as prize money while the first and second runners-up received 3,000 and 2,500 dollars respectively.[7]

Winners[edit | edit source]

Year Position Male Category Time Female Category Time
2018 1st  Gideon Goyeto  (NGA) 01:06:57  Nancy Jesang (KEN) 1.15:57
2018 2nd  Adamu Shehu  (NGA) 1.07:39  Judith Cherono (KEN) 1.17:10
2018 3rd  Matthew Gocheke  (KEN) 1.08:56  Deborah Pam (NGA) 1:19:32

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Reasons for the Marathon[edit | edit source]

  • To put Enugu State on the World Map of Athletics Excellence, Sports Development and Talent Discovery[9]
  • Showcase the culture and Tourism prospects of the state to the world.[10]

References[edit | edit source]




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