The 29th Accra Milo Marathon has been held on the 21st September 2016 with Malik Yakubu emerging the overall male winner and Elizabeth Azuure emerging as the female winner in the 42.2Km race.
After a successful launch of the event in August, this year’s Accra Milo Marathon was set in motion for future champions to take their first step, either in the 42.2Km and the 5Km fun run.
Ghanaians from all walks of life answered the call as every step taken in the 29th Accra Milo Marathon went towards providing shoes to an underprivileged child in the country to help them take their first step towards becoming a champion in sports and in life.
A total of 7,000 runners were recorded to have crossed the finish line which will see Nestlé Milo provide 4’000pairs of shoes to promote sports in these rural communities The shoes will be distributed in collaboration with Ghana Education Services in selected districts across all ten regions of Ghana in November 2016.
As the world’s leading Nutrition, Health and Wellness Company, Nestlé is committed to promoting healthy diets and lifestyles, including physical activity. Having become a permanent fixture on the sporting calendar of this country for nearly three decades, the Accra Milo marathon is a clear demonstration of this commitment.
The opening ceremony of the 29th Accra Milo Marathon was performed by Hon. Vincent Oppong- Asamoah, Deputy Minister for Youth and Sports for the 42.2Km race, while Hon. Dzifa Gomashie, Deputy Minister for Tourism performed the opening for the 5Km Fun Run.
Speaking at the closing ceremony of marathon, the Managing Director of Nestlé Ghana said “Nestlé Milo, The Energy Food Drink of Future Champions continues to inspire the youth of Ghana to get into sports as we believe that sport has a unique ability to help instill life values such as hard work, responsibility, fair play, discipline, perseverance and team spirit.
These values are found on the field of play and in sporting activities like the Accra Milo Marathon which we are proud to be associated with for the past twenty-nine years”. “As a brand, Milo was recently also awarded for quality and safety as a proudly made-in-Ghana product, made from the locally sourced cocoa powder from Ghana” she added.
The closing ceremony event was attended by the Minister of Youth and Sports Hon. Nii Lantey Vanderpuye and, the co-founder of the Dansoman Keep fit Club. Co – sponsors of the event, Voltic Water Mineral Water and Hollard Assurance Company Ltd., were also present.