By Hassan G. Koroma
Guaranty Trust Bank Sierra Leone Limited, in partnership with Smart Mobile company and the Sierra Leone-China Friendship Hospital at Jui, will be spending six hundred million Leones (Le600,000,000) on a marathon that is scheduled for 26th April, themed ‘save the planet, run for a greener tomorrow’.
In a statement issued at the launching ceremony of the event at the GTBank headquarters on Wilberforce Street, Freetown, Managing Director Gbenga Alade said the marathon would surpass any other that had been held in the country because it will be covered by both local and international media.
Alade said the leading international banking institution in the country would paint the city with orange come 26 April as thousands of people would participate in the marathon which is slated to start at the east of Freetown and end in the west, noting that the participation of all athletics clubs in the country would put the bank and its partners on the map.
He said the Chinese Hospital would provide ambulance service for the marathon runners, while seven water points have been identified, from east of the city to Aberdeen beach in the west, where the marathon will terminate.
He said 150 volunteers will provide various instant assistant to the runners during the race, while 250 police personnel will provide security.
He said forms for registration to participate in the marathon are available for sale at thirty thousand Leones (Le30,000) for students and forty thousand Leones (Le.40,000) for other participants. He said the organizer will soon announce points of sale for registration forms, and urged members of the public to participate in the marathon as medals and prices will be awarded to winners.
In his statement, Mayor of Freetown City Council, His Worship Franklyn Bode Gibson said the marathon will be hosted at the right time as Freetown was about to celebrate 220 years as a Black administered city, while the country would be celebrating her 53rd independence anniversary. He said both he and President Ernest Bai Koroma will be attending the event.