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Mangrove Marathon debuts in Lagos, seeks sponsorship, participation

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A coalition of environmental conservation groups are thrilled to announce the second edition of the Mangrove Marathon, which is a 10 kilometre eco-awareness run committed to raising awareness and resources towards mangrove restoration and conservation efforts across Nigeria’s coastline.

Holding on the 29th July in commemoration of the International Day for the Conservation of Mangroves, the event will take place along the Lekki Free Trade Zone expressway in Ibeju-Lekki, Lagos which is the emerging industrial hub of Africa and is proudly institutionally supported by both the Federal and Lagos State Governments.

Mangroves, often called the “lungs” or “guardians” of the coasts, play very vital roles in mitigating climate change by absorbing 15 times more carbon than regular forest, providing essential habitats for diverse marine species, protecting coastal communities from being wiped off by ocean surge and serve as food, shelter, energy, and medicine sources for millions of coastal dwellers living below the poverty line.

But, these vital ecosystems are facing unprecedented threats due to human activities, including deforestation, urbanisation, industrialisation and pollution from every sector of the society; hence the event aims to make a significant impact in their restoration and conservation, with a view to ensuring a sustainable and greener future by the preservation of these natural carbon sinks and shoreline protection species to reduce the impacts of climate change and slow coastal erosion from rising sea levels.

More than the maiden edition in Warri, Delta State last year, this edition promises to be a thrilling experience for participants of all ages and fitness levels, with options to also participate virtually from any part of the world. Runners and walkers will traverse picturesque coastal routes, passing through lush mangrove ecosystems, witnessing the beauty and importance of these incredible natural wonders.

To make the Mangrove Marathon a resounding success, the organisers told the media recently in Lagos that they are seeking passionate runners and sponsors who are committed to environmental conservation. While the first 60 participants across male and female categories will go home with a total prize money of N5 million, sponsors will be able to use the unique platform to showcase their dedication to sustainability and corporate social responsibility, whilst also having their brands gain extensive exposure through various event marketing materials, social media campaigns, press coverage, and on-site visibility during the marathon.

“By sponsoring the Mangrove Marathon, your organisation will not only enjoy valuable brand recognition but also be recognized as a leader in environmental stewardship. Your support will directly contribute to mangrove reforestation initiatives, research programmes, community education projects and acquire carbon credits from our blue carbon partners – thus reducing your carbon footprints and a lasting positive impact on our coastal ecosystems”, according to the Convener, Mr. Jerry Chidi; a renowned environmental photographer and author of the book, Man and Mangroves.

The Director General of Nigerian Conservation Foundation, Dr. Joseph Onoja also said: “Creating awareness and consciousness for mangrove and forest restoration is crucial for preservation of the environment. As the foremost environmental NGO in Nigeria, we are excited to participate in this initiative. We have always been part of it since inception, and we are committed to see to this year’s success”.

The Secretary of the Local Organising Committee/Founder of Eco-Restoration Foundation, Prince David Omaghomi said: “We believe the Mangrove Marathon is a powerful way to engage the community and raise awareness about the significance of mangrove conservation”.

“By uniting together with sponsors who share our vision, we can protect these invaluable habitats and promote a sustainable future and our success stories attest to the power of collaboration”, said Founder of Reswaye, Ms. Doyin Ogunye. Reswaye is the Recycling partners for the Mangrove Marathon.

On their parts, Mr Henry Erikowa of Falcorp Mangrove Sanctuary, Warri Delta State; the representative of the host State and Local Government Council, Barrister Afeez Otunoye; as well as members of the Athletic Federation of Nigeria all lauded the Mangrove Marathon and pledged to contribute to its success as partners of the coalition.

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