Edo State governor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole has picked up registration form to take part in the inaugural edition of the Okpekpe International 10 kilometres Road Race scheduled to hold on May 4 in Edo State.
Confirming the development yesterday, Special Adviser to the governor on Sports Matters, Chief Mike Itemuagbo, said the governor sent in his entry form at the weekend.
“The governor is very excited about the Okpekpe International Road Race. He has promised to complete the race,” observed Itemuagbo who is the initiator of the race aimed at exposing Okpekpe and its environs to athletes of repute from the globe.
The Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) has already confirmed receiving entries from Kenya and Ethiopia for the 10km race that will witness top runners from the continent.
“Apart from the entries from Kenya and Ethiopia, we have received inquiries from managers of some of the top road runners in Africa concerning the Okpekpe race. We are very certain that some established road runners are going to be part of this inaugural edition,” Assistant Secretary of the AFN, Olufemi Ajao said.
The winner of the race goes home with twenty-five thousand dollars, while the second to the eight-placed runners in both the male and female categories will also smile home with cash from the organizers. Winner of the Edo indigene category is to also get N100,000 with second and third finishers also assured of prizes.