Over 3000 runners are expected to participate in next month’s 3rd Okpekpe 10km road race scheduled to hold in Okpekpe, Auchi in Edo State,organisers of the race have confirmed.
Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) Technical Director Yusuf Alli said a lot of entries have come from across the world for the Okpekpe race.
“We are expecting over three thousand runners for this year’s race which will hold on May 16,” reveals the former Nigeria track and field international.
Alliadded that runners are expected to submit their registration forms with medical certificate of fitness and they are expected to sign a waiver form to acknowledge among other things the risks inherent in running a 10km race unfit.
He further revealed that the race will be conducted in accordance with the rules and regulations of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) and the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN).
“IAAF Road Race Label Regulations will also apply to the Okpekpe Road Race 2015 which has been certified by the IAAF as a bronze label road race,” said Alli.
The Okpekpe 10km road race is organised by Pamodzi Sports Marketing, a leader in sports marketing, sponsorship, hospitality and rights acquisition business in Nigeria in conjunction with the AFN and Edo State Government.
The previous editions of the race were dominated by East Africans with Kenya’s Moses Masaiwinning the maiden edition, while Ethiopia’s TeshomeAsafan won the men’s title at the second edition and his country woman,WudayAyalew winning the women’s title.