Today marks 30 days to go until the start of the sixth edition of the IAAF Silver Label Okpekpe international 10km road race which holds on Saturday May 12, 2018 in Okpekpe near Auchi, Etsako East local government area of Edo State.
According to Pamodzi Sports Marketing,organisers of the event, this year’s race,the first ever IAAF silver label road race to be organised in West Africa will be technology-driven.
Although there will be an increase in numbers between the preliminary entries and final participants, the race is on target to become the largest since the first edition in 2013.
“Our mission remains the same and this is to ensure we get more Nigerians involved in road running so that we can restore that tradition that we had in the past when Abbas Mohammed ran a world class 2 hours,16 minutes in the full marathon,” said spokesman for the race, Dare Esan.
Esan is confident the organisation of the race will be the best ever witnessed in the history of road races in Nigeria.
“The fact that it is now a silver label race has made it compulsory that we move a notch up to meet the requirements for organising a race that the IAAF has designated as one of the leading road races around the world,” Esan added.
Registration is still open for interested participants and will close on Saturday,May 5,a clear one week before the race is run.