Determined to become the first race in Nigeria to have an elite men’s field that will return a sub 2:10 minutes, the Abuja International Marathon (AIM) has confirmed the signing of four gold-labelled runners including  two men and two women.

This was disclosed by Abuja International Marathon Race Director Olukayode Thomas who doubles as the race Media and Publicity, adding the Chief Executive Officer of Unicentral Resources Management Limited, the licensee of AIM, Zsuzsanna Ogunmiloyo, who is also the race Managing Director, has signed the contract with runners.

He  revealed that Andrew Bren Kimtai with a personal best of 2:08 32 tops the list.

Kimtai has won many races around the world including the prestigious Wahun Marathon and Venice Marathon while Gilbert Masai with a personal best of 2:09: 49, is another male runner that has signed  up to the December 17 event.

‘’ Our Managing Director Mrs. Ogunmiloyo is finalizing details with nine other men gold label runners. Once the details are finalized, their names will be released to the media. We have also signed agreements with two female runners, Caroline Jepchirchir with a personal best of 2:26 and Naomi Maiyo with a personal best of 2:30.’’

Thomas  further disclosed that the target is to get 21 gold label runners identified to sign contracts with Abuja International Marathon before the end of August.

He said: ‘’ Our race is scheduled for the last quarter of the year, a busy period for marathons and road races around the world with  the  London Marathon, New York Marathon and Berlin Marathon toward the end of September,” he said. “We are all looking for runners that will raise the profile of our race from the same World Athletics elite field, so it is important that we tie down runners that agreed to compete early.

“ With the three pacers that we have contracted also gold label runners, our dream of being the first race to achieve a sub- 2: 10 minutes on Nigeria soil is achievable,’’ he added.