Ghana to host Millennium Marathon

Vice President Amissah Arthur exchanging pleasantries with the Marathon Legend .Photo. Vincent DzatsePlans have started for Ghana to host the next Millennium Marathon event in Accra, scheduled for September 6, 2015.

The marathon which the organisers say would become an annual event would cover a distance of 21km, and is expected to attract thousands of runners both locally and internationally. It will be the first time Ghana will be hosting such a significant marathon event for both local and international runners.

The marathon would commence from the Independence Square through the principal streets of the city of Accra, and end at the same Independence Square.

Mr. Haile Gebrselassie, World Marathon Champion who is in Accra with a delegation from Ethiopia to launch and to promote the event, paid a courtesy call on Vice President Kwesi Amissah-Arthur at his office at the Flagstaff House, and commended the government for its support for the event.

He said all over the world sports has become an international medium where people from different backgrounds are united, adding that the relations between Ghana and Ethiopia have existed from the time of Emperor Haile Selassie and Dr. Kwame Nkrumah.

Mr. Haile Gebrselassie said the Accra Marathon is not going to be just a one-off event, but would become a permanent feature on the Ghanaian calendar, stating that because Ghana is a peaceful and a stable country, many international runners and tourists would like to come back each year to take part in the Accra Marathon.

Mrs Elizabeth Ofosu Agyare, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts, stated that the upcoming marathon means a lot to them since the race and its side attractions would boost Ghana’s economy in terms of trade and tourism.

She said the event is likely to help the country’s tour operators, looking at the number of international runners who would take part in the marathon.

Vice President Amissah-Arthur on his part, thanked Mr. Haile Gebrselassie and his team for honouring Ghana with their presence, and choosing Ghana to host the event.

He said the hosting of the marathon in Ghana would also go a long way to boost the confidence of the youth to take up sports seriously and become sports icons for the country, and encouraged Ghanaians to exercise regularly to ensure healthy lifestyles for themselves.

Later, Vice President Amissah-Arthur and Mr. Haile Gebrselassie exchanged gifts to cement the relations between the two nations. — GNA


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