The 29th edition of the Accra Milo Marathon was launched in Accra on Wednesday. The annual race has been organised by the Dansoman Keep Fit Club and supported by Nestle Ghana Limited for the last 28 years and they are continuing that association for another year.
The event took place at the premises of the Nestle Ghana Limited and it was graced by high-profile dignitaries such as the two Ministers of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts.
Various partners for the event such as Votic Water, Junction Mall, Hollard Insurance, Duraplast and the Ghana Police Service were also in attendance.
This year’s marathon will take place on September 21 and last year’s format of a mass sports event with prizes and a fun run for amateurs, corporate bodies and families will be reprised.
In addition, the theme “Every Champion Starts By Taking a First Step”, has also been maintained.
Antoinette Arkoh, Head of Human Resource of Nestle Ghana said that the establishment’s commitment to developing sports in Ghana has kept them in close collaboration with the Dansoman Keep Fit Club for many years.
She said that Nestle’s wish to be part of the nation’s success in growing future sports men and women has urged Nestle to be involved in events like the Accra Milo Marathon and the Milo U-13 Champions League tournaments.
Speaking at the function, President of the Dansoman Keep Fit Club, Daniel Welbeck, organisers of the event, revealed the secret of the the lengthy “marriage” between the club and Nestle lay in the great working relationship and mutual respect between the two entities.
In addition to the sponsors and organisers who were present at the launch, former Black Stars skipper Stephen Appiah was also there.
How will the race be run
The race will be run in two parts namely the mass sports event which has prizes for winners in both male and female competitors and the fun run. The course for the mass sports is 42.2 km and it will go between the Nungua Barrier and the Dansoman Keep Fit Club.
The fun run will see families, corporate bodies and the general taking part over a distance of 5 km.
Registration for the event starts on August 19 to September 21, 2016.
However, this year’s Accra Milo Marathon will not have the U-15 race.