Heritage Bank Limited has extended its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) vote for wellness and physical fitness of Nigerians to the 10-kilometre Okpekpe Road Race as the Official Banker.
The annual international event, which has been certified by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) as a bronze label event on its calendar, is on its third edition. The event will take place on Saturday May 16, 2015 at Okpekpe Town in Etsako Local Government Area (LGA) of Edo State.
It will be recalled that Enterprise Bank Limited, which has been acquired by Heritage Bank Limited, was the Official Banker of the second edition of the race last year.
Both female and male winners in the race will be going home with juicy monetary rewards in the event, which incidentally attracts the highest total prize money for a 10-kilometer race in the world. For both the female and male categories, the 1st 2nd and 3rd prize winners would receive $25,000, $15,000 and $10,000 respectively. Similarly, 4th to 8th winning runners would be rewarded with cash prizes of $8,000, $6,000, $4,000, $2,000 and $1,000 respectively totaling $142,000 (about N30 million). There are many other prizes to be won, including cash prizes for the first eight place finishers who are Edo State indigenes.
The Heritage Bank sponsorship of the10-kilometre race is also meant to partner with the Edo State Government and the event organisers, PAMODZI Sports Marketing Limited, in the joint bid to create a platform of support and exposure for Nigerian and African youths to international marathons.
The Okpekpe Road Race, which is the only IAAF labeled marathon in Africa will feature in this edition over 28 professional athletes and participants from more than 10 countries, including Kenya, Ethiopia Eritrea, Morroco, Nigeria and Norway among others.
Top officials of IAAF will be on hand to witness the event while the Edo State Governor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole among other top dignitaries will also be taking part in the race. SuperSport Television and local TV stations will give cover the event.