In a bid to make the Kaduna Marathon a label race, organisers of the event have said they will be inviting a strong field of elite runners.
Some of the elite athletes expected at the marathon slated for November 21, 2020 are foremost Kenyans Sheila Jerotich a World Athletics gold label marathoner, John Muriuri Mburu and Rotich Mitei John.
Other elite athletes are; Azerbaijan Desta Fitsun Weldu, Ethiopian Gebremedhin Silasssie Gebremedhin, Ugandan Immaculate Chemmutai and Lensa Daba Kabtimer from Ethiopia.
According to the Consultant to the Kaduna Marathon, Bukola Olopade, other elite athletes are; Zimbabwean Fortunate Chidvizo, Kenyan Nancy Jesang, Ethiopian Mawcha Adane Nega, Ghanaian duo of William Amponsah and Ismael Arthur, Kenyan trio Gladys Jepkemoi Chemweno, Careen Cheptoeck and Shila Jepkosgei Chesang are all in the mix.
Olopade, who is the Managing Director of Nilayo Sports Management Limited said on Tuesday that Governor of Kaduna State, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai aims to use the race to encourage peaceful co-existence and friendliness, boost the economy of the state, empower and engage the youth, encourage healthy life and bring tourists from different parts of the world to Kaduna State