Mistura Salihu, a student of Omu-Aran High School, Irepodun Local Government Area of Kwara, has retained her Skylarks’ Omu-Aran Marathon race title in the female category.
Salihu, who won the 3rd edition of the race with a time of 49:11seconds returned the 4th edition with 48:22 seconds.
Promise Atolagbe of Aperan Comprehensive High School, Omu-Aran won the male category with a time of 42:13 seconds to go home with the N50, 000 prize attached to the position.
The 10 kilometers marathon, the fourth in the series, was geared toward boosting youths’ participation in sporting activities, especially at the grassroots level.
The race, which commenced from Federal Government Girls College (FGGC) gate along Omu-Aran-Kabba Highway as early 6:55 am terminated at Bareke Round-about in the metropolis.
Oba Abdulraheem Adeoti, the Olomu of Omu-Aran in his remarks, commended the Social Club for the annual event, adding that they are doing the community more good than they think.
Oba Adeoti appealed to the students to shun violence and be good ambassadors of the ancient town.
According to him, government alone cannot shoulder the wants and demands of every community, hence the need for collective efforts to achieving the desired target.
The traditional, who described running as a good form of exercise, urged the youth not to lose focus in combining sports with their academic pursuit for them to stay healthy and achieve excellence in their studies.
The Chairman of the Organising Committee, Mr Jide Dada said there are plans to open the marathon for everyone to participate, but informed that the Committee will take a look at how possible it would for the 5th edition.
He explained that the target of the marathon is being met as the girl who won the 3rd edition retained her title in the 4th edition.
The 1st, 2nd, 3rd placements attracted N50, 000, N20, 000, N15, 000 and N10, 000 prize monies respectively in form of scholarships.