He commended all the sponsors of the event for the confidence placed on the organizers who are experienced in managing international running programmes.
He said this year’s event on October 7th should be a big turn out as it carries themes on sanitation awareness and healthy lifestyle living.
Hon expressed that such events boast sports tourism and contributes to the growth of the economy, aside creating opportunities for friendship and collaboration.
He hoped that in three years the Accra Marathon should become the biggest sporting event in West Africa.
The Deputy Minister Of Youth and Sports Hon Pius Hadzedzi said sports has many benefits for good health, wellness and business, so ventures like the Accra Marathon form part of the mass sports missions.
He stressed that the Ministry of Youth & Sports has endorsed the Accra Marathon and promised to offer full support
He encouraged people in Accra and Ghana at large who love fitness to join the Race as the government of Ghana will provide adequate security, supporting the Accra Metropolitan Authority (AMA) who are the agency collaborating with the Millennium Marathon Company Ltd for the third massive marathon in Accra.
The Egyptian Ambassador to Ghana HE Mohammed Heider who is a running enthusiast said he has witnessed the first two and prayed that the third event will affect tourism in a be better way and create more healthier people.
Mrs. Carthy Morton, a Director of the organisers said the Races will be in categories such as the Para cycling Race, 5km Race for Ambassadors, CEOs and Elite as well as the 21Km Race for the Masses.
She announced that registration has begun online @ www.accramarathon,com, the AMA office, Frankies, Papaye and the Millennium Marathon office at Nima.
Ambassador Ashim Morton told Yours Truly they have passion to help other live healthy and there is more room for volunteers and sponsors.
The 2017 Accra Marathon is sponsored by GNPC, Menzgold, Coral Paints, Peugeot, Papaye, MTN, Total Ghana, Goil Ghana, UNB, Gridco, BS5, Twillium Ghana, Tang Palace Hotel, ddp, IPMC, AMS, Wigal, Kasapreko, Ghana Shippers Council and Millennium Insurance.
By Sammy Heywood Okine