From my last marathon post, I promised posting some pictures from the Accra International Marathon, unfortunately I failed to get as many pictures as I promised 😦 plus I didn’t get enough capture from the race photographer’s lens. Fast forward to now, it’s a year again and we are in the month of marathons again. If you are a marathon fan like myself and wondering which marathons are happening and where the actions are taking place, then this post is for you!
And before you start shaking your head in the negative and saying to yourself that, ‘I am not a marathon person’, don’t think too far, there is the 5km, 10km, 21km and 42km so you can safely choose your size. I started with 21km on two occasions and sadly am stuck to 5km but I have not given up on my goal of doing a full marathon in my lifetime. Aside the fun, exercise, support for a good cause and networking opportunities, I realise I always end up with a new experience with every marathon I take part in.
So where is the feet action taking place??
1. The Accra International Marathon
This was my first marathon experience and I have never regretted it to date! Registration cost might seem on the high side at first glance compared to the others but know that aside participating you are contributing towards a good course. The other fun side is that the race results are posted on the site within a reasonable time after the event.
What charity projects would you be contributing to?
- Longevity Project (www.longevityghana.com)
- Planetarium Science Centre Ghana (www.ghanascienceproject.net)
- Butterfly Walkers, Inc. Alliance of Hope for Lupus (www.bwahl.org)
Date: 29 October 2017 (usually takes place on the last Sunday of October on an annual basis)
Complete your registration latest by 30th September to get a customised bib. How cool is that? The race/walk ends at the Labadi Beach with fun activities available for the kids and also give participants the chance to cool down with some coconuts and stuff from their goody bags.
From the 2016 race, I was 116th and hubby was 117th out of 121 participants. Not bad though as we were briskly walking and pushing madam along so in my opinion it’s fair. There is also a shuttle service option available at a fee from the end point of the race to the start line which makes it convenient for participants with cars to park at the Labadi beach to easily drive off after the race (http://www.aimghana.com/schedules.php)
Link to site to register: http://www.aimghana.com/forms/AIM_Regform_web.pdf
Race categories: 5k, Charity relay race, 10k, half marathon and full marathon.
2. Accra Marathon
This was previously termed as the Millenium Marathon and now labelled as the Accra Marathon. The Accra Marathon is organised by Millennium Sports and the Accra Metropolitan Assembly to promote Healthy Lifestyle and also sports tourism.
It was also my boss lady’s first marathon experience and I was about 3-4 months pregnant too! I wasn’t running though, it was more of brisk walking plus I made new acquaintances for life from whom I picked valuable lessons from our interactions during the marathon course. All action ends at the Black Star Square.
Date: 7 October 2017 (It’s just around the corner)
Registration details: You either register at approved registration centres, online or via mobile money (*800*17#).
Race categories: Half-marathon (21k) and 5k fun run
Do you know of any other that didn’t make my list with the exception of the Milo Marathon which is for professional runners? Help us get our list updated then.