Hundreds of Liberians and foreign residents last Saturday rushed to register for the 3rd Liberia Marathon at the Monrovia City Hall and the registration will continue till Saturday, August 16, 2014.
It was during the official launch of the Liberia Marathon and Liberians who registered last Saturday got 25% off and paid L$120 for the full marathon and L$60 for the 10km.
Non-Liberians (foreigners) also benefitted from the 25% discount and paid US$60 and US$30 for the full marathon and 10km respectively.
But as of June 1, Liberians will register with L$160 for the full marathon and L$80 for the 10k race; while foreigners will pay US$80 and US$40 respectively.
Registration for crutches and wheel chairs runners remain free.
The Minister of Youth and Sports, Lenn Eugene Nagbe, expressed his satisfaction for the continuous hosting of the marathon in the country, which indicates the rebirth of peace in the country.
The former sprinter, who ran in the 10km category of the 2013 Liberia Marathon, promised to participate again and encouraged Liberians as well as foreigners to participate in the 2014 Liberia Marathon.
Minister Nagbe hailed Exxon Mobile, a USA energy company, RLJ Kendeja Resort and Villas and Aqualife for their sponsorship and urged other foreign and Liberians business institutions to join in sponsoring the marathon to make it a success.
He also extended his thanks and appreciation to the Monrovia City Hall for providing the Hall to allow the organizers, dominantly Liberians, to be used for their technical meetings.
The slogan of this year’s marathon is “Taking the Lead.”
The Lead Country Director of Exxon Mobil said their sponsorship is aimed to promote fitness and good health as well as fight fatness which according to a report by the Gates Foundation, about one-third of the world’s population is experiencing obesity.
The Monrovia City Hall’s interest is due to the determination and zealousness of the Liberian organizers to have a successful event.
The Vice President for Technical Affairs of the Liberia Athletics Federation (LAF) Frederick Krah, pledged the full support to the marathon.
Meanwhile, Race Director Eunice Dahn maintained that the Liberia Marathon is an open, inclusive and professional public event that helps transform how Liberians and others see the country.
"Taking the Lead is about the initiative required of us to move ourselves and our country forward," Eunice said. "And like any long journey or race, it begins with the first step."
She said it also provides a catalyst for commercial and charitable activity and lays the foundation for a major competitive international event.
The Liberia Marathon Trust, a local non-profit organization, manages the Liberia Marathon and partners with the Ministry of Youth and Sports and the Liberia Athletic Federation. It is supported by the Monrovia City Corporation, the Armed Forces of Liberia the Liberia National Police, as well as a host of other government ministries and agencies and the local media. This year’s sponsors include: Lonestar Cell, Chevron, Exxon Mobil, RLJ Kendejah Resort and Villas, and AquaLife.