Ahead of the maiden Kaduna International Marathon Race billed for Saturday, 30 roads within the state capital are expected to be fully or partially closed between 6am and 3pm on Saturday, the organisers have said.
A statement from the Competition Steering Committee signed by the Kaduna state Commissioner for Sports Development, Professor Kabir Mato on Wednesday said that the state government urged citizens to participate and to support the runners and officials involved in the Marathon race.
“In order to stage a successful and safe race, about 30 roads within the state capital will be fully or partially closed between 6am and 3pm on Saturday. Kaduna state government and the race organisers regret the inconvenience that the temporary closure of roads may cause to residents. Security agencies who will be implementing the road closures expect the cooperation and voluntary compliance of residents.
“Yakubu Avenue by Coronation Crescent and by Alkali Road, Galadima Road by Alkali Road as well as Jabi Road by Alkali Road, including Isa Kaita road by Alkali Road, Kalapanzi Avenue by Alkali Road and by Maska Road, Suleiman Crescent by Coronation Crescent, Waziri Crescent by Coronation Crescent, North Road by Ali Akilu Road and by the State House of Assembly will be closed.
“Modibo Adama Road by Coronation Crescent, Dantuku Road, Sambo Road, including Sokoto Road, Dendo Road, Ruwan Godiya, Kafur Road, New Dawaki Road and Maska Road by Isa Kaita, Isa Kaita by Sultan Bello Road will be closed for the marathon. Tafawa Balewa Way by Muhammadu Buhari Way, Yakubu Gowon Way by Muhammadu Buhari way and Club Road by Muhammadu Buhari Way will also be closed.
The Commissioner also listed “Orel and Kukawa Road by Muhammadu Buhari Way, Ahmadu Bello Way by NEPA Roundabout, Bank Road by Challenge Bookshop Roundabout, Sokoto Road by Ahmadu Bello Way, Modibo Adama Road by Ali Akilu Road and Kankia Street by Sultan Bello Road, Runka Street by Sultan Bello Road, Bishini Road by Sultan Bello Road, and Safana Road by Sultan Bello Road will be closed.
“The sponsors of Kaduna Marathon Race and the elite athletes participating in the event will be unveiled on Thursday at the final pre-event press briefing,” the Commissioner said, noting that Kaduna Marathon will be broadcast live in accordance with international standards.
He commended registered runners who have collected their race kits for their orderly conduct at the Kaduna State University collection venue, and he urged those who are yet to collect their kits to do so.