BHP Billiton today congratulated the runners who participated in this first-ever internationally certified Liberia Marathon event and thanked the members of the Marathon Organizing Committee for the outstanding effort in making the day so successful.
Jeffery Zweig, BHP Billiton Liberia’s Chief Executive Officer, recognised the thousands of race participants and spectators who gathered at the Samuel K. Doe Sports Complex for the BHP Billiton Liberia Marathon awards ceremony where the first place prize was awarded to Mehari Gebre and Lucy Massaquoi, this year’s male and female marathon winners, respectively, and Bill Rogers, the 10KM race winner.
“Running a marathon – or indeed any long distance race – requires hard work and perseverance. Your participation in this landmark event is admirable,” said Zweig. “I congratulate and thank you for showing the world some of the best that this country has to offer: patriotism, athletic excellence, and true sportsmanship.”
Mr. Zweig also recognised Race Director Peter Harrington and his team of volunteers for their months of tireless effort, energy, and dedication which ensured the day was a success.
“Planning an event of this magnitude, in particular for the first time in a country’s history, was never going to be without its challenges”, continued Zweig. “Peter and his team rose to the occasion brilliantly. BHP Billiton is proud to have been a partner to such a fine group of people who gave so much of their time to such an historic event for Liberia”.
BHP Billiton, the world’s largest diversified resources company, has been exploring for iron ore in Liberia since 2005. The company signed a 25 year Mineral Development Agreement with the Government of Liberia in 2010 and is committed to building healthy partnerships nationally and in our host communities.