The duo of Kareem Ramon and Charity Agofure emerged champions of the third edition of the Wordbased Assembly Church – organised marathon tagged ‘Okota Hit Run’ in Lagos on Saturday.
In the male category, Ramon, an aluminium fabricator, won the 7km high impact intensity race which started at Ago roundabout and ended at the Ago Bridge, while Charity Agofure, an athlete by profession won the female category.
Speaking after that race, an elated Kareem thanked the organisers for giving him a chance to participate in the event.
“I give God the glory. I’m a Muslim and I participated in a Christian – organised event. I want to tell people that religion cannot save you, but your contribution to humanity and I pray that God will continue to bless Wordbase Assembly church.” Ramon said to SportingLife.
In the same vein, Agofure, also commended the organisers for creating an avenue for athletes to compete, while promising to participate in the next edition.
In a chat with SportingLife, the General Overseer, Wordbase Assembly, Bishop Humphrey Erumaka said the purpose of the marathon is to use sports as a unifying tool in the community.
“Sport cuts across all barriers, churches, Christians, Muslims, youths, families. And we decided to categorise this year’s edition into youths, families etc. We have a prize as high as a Hundred Thousand Naira. We have prizes for the first and second winners and several consolation prizes for participants.
“The first edition was fine but not as big as the second, but I tell you this third edition is a huge success as all the people in the community came out en-mass to participate and cheer. The girl that won last year is enjoying a scholarship abroad courtesy of Wordbase Assenbly. This year we have increased sponsors and next year will be bigger, better and more prizes to be won”, Erumaka stated.