Two of the country's top elite road race runners, Adamu Muazu and Williams Kefas have assured Nigerians that it would no longer be business as usual for the East Africans; especially Kenyans at this year's Access Bank Lagos City Marathon.
Unlike in the women's category where a Nigerian has actually broken into the ranks to finish among the top 10, the men have watched helplessly as the Kenyans and Ethiopians cart away the thousands of dollars set as prize money for the fastest runners.
Iliya Pam in 2019 became the closest in breaking into the top 10 but his winning time of 2:32:24 in the Nigeria category was only good for 15th position overall.
Ahead of the 2021 edition of the Lagos Marathon, there have been fewer competitions for the runners due to the coronavirus pandemic.
On suggestions that he Kefas should take things easy so as not to burn out before the commencement of the Lagos City marathon, he revealed he has had more training time without burning himself out before the big race in Lagos.
He said: "This marathon, I am very ready to achieve a lot in Lagos. I have been training so hard for it and at the moment, my wife even said she cannot understand me again because all I do now is train, train and train every time. I am looking for my best, I really want to enter the top 10. We want to get a time that will make the AFN see that we the long-distance runners have been training hard.
The sixth edition of the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon will be taking place on Saturday, April 10 with only 300 elite runners on parade.