Kenyans hit the jackpot at the just concluded Access Bank Lagos City Marathon taking first and second places with a total cash prize of ninety thousand dollars or about fifty million dollars. The third prize of thirty thousand dollars went to an Ethiopian. Despite their best effort, no Nigerian could break into this exalted circle for the se ond year running causing people to wonder why Northern Nigerian long distance runners who come from a similar environment as Kenyans and Ethiopians are yet to produce a winner in this fast growing international marathon event. The first Nigerian to finish the race got a consolation prize of one million naira.
The first Nigerian to finish the marathon, Ilya Pam Mwanta.