Active Kids Rock: Excitement As MTN Supports 2018 Lagos Kids Mini Marathon

… Over 2000 students participate in Kiddies Mini-marathon

The Lagos Kids Mini-marathon made a return this weekend as it was indeed full of excitement.

St Saviour’s School Endowment Fund supported by MTN Nigeria made it possible for the second time.

The Marathon, which was founded to encourage all-round wellness for Nigerian kids, took place in the early hours of Saturday, November 3, and featured kids between ages 5-15 years.

Tagged “Active Kids Rock”, participating kids in this year’s edition were treated to exciting aerobics session and a fascinating health workshop before the competition began.


The big winners included Gbenle Similoluwa and Dara Goodluck for the 1st prize of N100,000, Toheeb Muritala and Ibukun Agbede for the 2nd Prize of N50,000, Akodenu Joleme and Tofunmi Olojede for 3rd prize of N25,000; in the male and female race categories respectively courtesy MTN Nigeria.

One of the beneficiaries, Goodluck Dara while receiving a cash gift of N100, 000 from MTN Nigeria, expressed her excitement stating, “I have just won the kids marathon for 5km, it was very exhilarating, very fun and last year I came second. What I did this time around was to keep motivating myself that I could do it. My motto is start strong finish strong and that is what really drove me to do my best today and I want to say thank you to MTN for supporting this event.” Dara added.

Gbenle Similoluwa in his own remark said “I want to say a big thank you to MTN for this opportunity and giving this race a boost. For me, this gesture is a morale booster to consider a future in athletics as some of us are beginning to realise we have the talent to make Nigeria proud in the nearest future.

L-R: Segment Mgr, Women & Teens, MTN Nigeria, Abimbola Gold; Senior Manager, Go -To – Market, MTN Nigeria, Chinyelu Onochie; Gbenle Similoluwa, Winner 5KM race, male category; CMO, MTN Nigeria, Rahul De; Dara Goodluck, Winner 5KM race, female category and Senior Manager, Youth and Teen segment, MTN Nigeria, Omotayo George at the 2018 Lagos Kids Mini Marathon in Lagos, held on Saturday.

Speaking further, he said, “I’m so happy to win it the second time and I hope MTN would continue to sponsor the race. Though, it is energy sapping but I will continue to train hard to win it again next year.” he concluded with a smile.

Saturday morning was great for Gbenle Similoluwa, a pupil of Greespring School as he went home with the 5 KM run trophy for the male category once again as he did in the first edition in 2017. On the other hand, Dara Goodluck, winner of the female category wowed both her father and guests present by coming first this time, improving on the second position attained last year.

Congratulating the winners, the Chief Marketing Officer, MTN Nigeria, Rahul De said, “This event not only provides a platform for the participating kids to engage in physical exercises; we believe it would also stimulate children to adopt healthy lifestyles from a very young age.”

For more than 3 hours on the event days (Saturday November 3, 2018), parents, teachers and marathon fans were thrilled by the performance of nearly 2000 children who took part in the 2018 Lagos Kids Mini Marathon – an initiative of St. Saviour’s School, Ikoyi Endowment Fund.

The St Saviour’s School pitch witnessed nearly 2,000 participants from about 50 schools, including more than 500 adults and 300 volunteers comprising of students, the management and staff of St. Saviours School Ikoyi, AISEN Schools, private and public schools to name a few.

The Lagos Kids Mini Marathon – which was supported by MTN through its mPulse (a special customer proposition for teens and tweens) – is the first kids-focused marathon event in Lagos and was created to inspire children to be more physically active from an early age, as well as raise funds for charity. This year’s event had as its theme: “Active Kids Rock”.

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