Special Adviser to the governor on sports, Mike Itemuagbor, confirmed on Tuesday that the governor sent in his entry form last weekend.
“The governor is very excited about the Okpekpe race. He has promised to complete the race,” said Itemuagbor who is the initiator of the race aimed at exposing the Okpekpe and its environs to athletes of repute from the globe.
The Athletic Federation of Nigeria has confirmed receiving entries from Kenya and Ethiopia for the 10km race that will witness top runners from the continent.
Assistant Secretary of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria, Olufemi Ajao, has confirmed the entries from both Kenya and Ethiopia even as he said discussions were going on with managers of top road runners globally.
“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 race. We are very certain that some established road runners are going to be part of this inaugural edition,” Ajao said.
The best athlete will go home with $25,000, while the second to the eight-placed runners in both the men’s and women’s categories will also win cash from the organisers. Winner of the Edo indigene category will get N100,000 with second and third finishers also listed for prizes.
Source Punch Newspapers