The Access Bank Lagos Marathon held on February 11th, 2017, started at 7am with the starting location at National Stadium Surulere, and the finishing point at Eko Atlantic, Victoria Island Lagos.

The event was sponsored majorly by Access Bank for the second consecutive year. The streets of Lagos were graced with thousands of participants from several countries, elite athletes and passionate citizens of this great nation.

Gloria and Bobby also participated in this epic occasion to help raise awareness for Autism because of the gross ignorance of the disorder in our society. They used it as an opportunity to funds for our center, to give the much needed services to people living with Autism. Their goal was to raise E3000 (#1,233,000) for our organization that takes in many students that can’t pay for our services. Patrick staff were not left out in order to cheer up the participants and also, to witness this awesome fund raising event.

Dr. Herbert Wigwe, (MD/CEO) Access Bank, gave the welcome address while the Executive Governor of Lagos State “Ambode Akinwunmi” also gave a brief speech. Other dignitaries present included; Evang.Solomon Ogba; the President, Athletics Federation of Nigeria.

This was followed by performances from various artistes: Jire, Koker, Kiss Daniel, Davido, while awaiting the marathoners. Abraham Kiptum, ‘the Kenyan athlete’ who emerged the winner of the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon, went home with a cash prize of $50,000. He won with a record time of 2 hours, 15 minutes, 21 seconds. Rodah Tanuyi from Kenya emerged winner in the female category. She finished the race with an impressive time of 2 hours, 37 minutes, 50 seconds, after which other participants in the male and female categories also arrived. Trophies were presented to the winners in both the male and female categories respectively.

In total, the sum of #1, 499,306 was raised via Go fund me. ‘An online platform’. Many thanks to Gloria and Bobby for their involvement in our work. We are delighted it went well.