Local and international road runners are angling to participate in the maiden Okpekpe road race billed for April 13 in Okpekpe, Edo State.
The 10km race, which will be flagged off by an IAAF representative, will attract a cash prize of N2.5m for the top winners.
And the promoter of the race, Mr. Mike Itemuagbor is hopeful that the race will make the IAAF road race label events list after the first edition. Okpekpe, a sleepy town 25km from Auchi, is famous for its hilly scenery. The race course will wind around these hills.
“Come April, we are looking forward to seeing an interesting race. We are expecting a good turn-out of athletes for the maiden event.
“The Edo State govern-ment is involved in the organisation, they are looking forward to visitors coming for the event and exploring the State,” said former Africa long jump champion, Yusuf Alli.
The IAAF road race label events are annual running competitions which have been granted recognition by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF). Races are divided into three categories: Gold, Silver, and Bronze Label Road Races. Furthermore, they are divided into three types – marathon, half marathon, and other classic distances (e.g. 10 kilometres).