Hamadjam Yahaya representing Taraba State and a Police Inspector, Atuoma Chidinma representing Abia State have emerged winners in both the male and female categories of the 5th edition of Opobo Marathon in Rivers State.
And for their efforts, they each receive the sum of ₦250,000, while the second and third positions in both male and female categories received ₦150,000 and ₦100,000 respectively as consolation prizes.
In the male category, home boy Clinton Toby finished second with Mariya Ahmed trailing behind, while another home girl, Victory Toby was second in the female race with Princess Aniete coming third.
In an interview, both Yahaya and Atuoma expressed satisfaction with their performances, stressing that it was reward for several months of practice and endurance trainings.
They both disclosed that they were visiting Opobo for the first time and that the marathon has given them the opportunity to know the ancient kingdom.
Yahaya particularly commended the organisers for a great initiative and called for more of such marathons across the country to groom more talents.
Speaking at the finishing point, the Amayanabo of Opobo, King Dandeson Douglas Jaja, Jeki V, who also took part in the leisure category, praised the organisers for a job well done.
He stated that apart from exposing the Kingdom to the world, the marathon will further entrench the time-honoured hospitality of the people, its rich culture and human resource across diverse field of human endeavour.
While congratulating the winners, the revered monarch stressed that participating alone was a thing of honour as marathons across the world were a crowd puller.
King Jaja expressed optimism that home grown talents would be produced in the nearest future, just as he called on companies, banks, philanthropists and other private sector players to support the Opobo Marathon.
Chairman of the organising Committee, Bright Ogolo; Team Lead, Iyowuna Cookey and Patron, Sody Peterside all expressed satisfaction with the quality of athletes, competition and increasing interests amongst Opobo people and Rivers at large.