By Regina Pratt
The Trackline Marathon Race with the theme, “Save the Planet, Run for a Greener Tomorrow”, set for Saturday April 26, was on Thursday January 23 launched by the city Mayor, Franklin Bode Gibson at the mayor’s parlour, Freetown City Council head office on Wallace Johnson Street, Freetown.
Guaranty Trust Bank, which is one of the lead sponsors of the race, donated a cheque of Le300 million to Trackline during the launching ceremony.
In his address, Mayor Gibson said the supreme law of the land is to seek the welfare of its citizens, and that they run for a greener tomorrow.
“I will be running, dignitaries will be running, Sierra Leone will be running, and people would come from places to see where Sierra Leone has moved to,” he said and called for the need to keep a green environment and for the event to be held on an annual basis.
The city Mayor said he is collaborating with the Sierra Leone Police and other relevant security agencies to provide the needed security for the event.
Guaranty Trust Bank’s Bola Nicol, who is the group’s head of Corporate Affairs, said as part of their corporate social responsibility, they are giving support in areas like health and education, and that when approached by Trackline, they had no option but to sponsor the event “since environmental protection is now topical in the country and the world at large”.
Mr. Nicol said they are happy to support Trackline to succeed in their quest to protect the environment.
Trackline Managing Director, Sisto Andama, said partnering with Ad Media was timely and that getting personalities like the Mayor to embrace the event was fantastic. He said they are happy and proud to partner with GTB, FCC, Ad Media, the Sierra Leone Athletics Association and other sporting disciplines to make the event a success.
Ad Media Chairman, Dennis Nelson-Streeter, who chaired the ceremony, said the race would begin from Regent to Congo Cross (21km), Congo Cross to SOS (10km), and SOS to Family Kingdom (5km), and that the event would also attract competitors from Kenya and Ghana.
“Provision will also be made for persons with disability to participate in the race,” Mr. Nelson-Streeter said.