The second edition of the ILUMSA mini-marathon came to a thrilling end on Saturday with a record-shattering run of 26 minutes.
The marathon which was organized by the University of Ilorin Medical Students Association (ILUMSA) hosted fifty-three runners in the male and female categories. It was sponsored by Prof. T. M Akande, a professor of Public Health at the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital.
Starting from the PG junction at the permanent site of the University, the runners jogged out to the finish line at the relaxation center in Old College.
They were joined by Prof. T.M Akande, Prof. Oyinloye Olalekan; representative of the Dean of Faculty of Clinical Sciences, members of the Central executive council of ILUMSA, and senators from different class constituencies.
The run came to a glorious end when Omoluwa Omojuwa, a 200 level student at the Department of Physiology, strolled across the finish line at 26 minutes 19 seconds to break the previous record of 28 minutes set in the 2019 edition of the marathon.
Agbo Mary, the winner of the female category of the 2019 edition, retained her title with another resilient performance in 2021.
She told the UCJ, UNILORIN that the marathon was more than a race for her.
“When I won the race the first time, I wasn’t deliberate about it. I decided I wanted to go since it has been a while since I participated in a race after my secondary school days.”
She continued that, “I understand that there are many great potentials out there like me and I wanted to know if I could still win the race. It was beyond the price for me. A month does not go by without me engaging in one form of sporting activity or the other. And for this particular race, I trained myself to run and be in motion for an hour regardless of the distance.”
First prize winners in the male and female categories went home with a cash prize of 15,000 naira. First runner-ups in the two categories, Salaudeen Mustapha Damilola and Ibitoye Blessing Oluwafunmilayo received 10,000 naira each, and the second runner-ups, Adeleye Oluwaseyi Samuel and Adeyemo Rasheedat, took home a prize of 5000 naira.
Other contestants were awarded a certificate of participation.