Benin City - ELEVEN countries will be participating in the 2017 Okpekpe International 10km Road Race slated for May 13, 2017, just as Governor Godwin Obaseki, of Edo state indicated interest to participate in the race.
Athletes at the Okpepe Road race
The race is recognised by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) as a Bronze Label event and certified by the Association of International Marathon and Distance Races .
Obaseki, who spoke at a press briefing to mark the commencement of activities for the annual event at the Government House in Benin City, disclosed that he would run to raise funds for charity, under “We Care Trust,” a pet project of the wife of the immediate past Governor of the state, Iara Oshiomhole.
He noted that the event, which was in its fifth edition and came about as an “infrastructure accident,” had come to stay. “For us, Edo State Government, we are very proud to be associated with this international event, which even though came about as an infrastructure accident, after which I constructed this very beautiful road to the scenic town of Okpekpe.
active interest in sports,” he added.
Earlier, the organiser of the race, Pamodzi Sports Marketing led by Itemuagbor disclosed that a former Governor of the state, Adams Oshiomhole, would be honoured as a grand patron of the road race for his contributions to the annual event.
The Director of Organisation of the race, Mr. Zakari Amodu, also said that about 11 countries, including Kenya, Morocco, Tanzania, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Burundi, Bahrain and Uganda, would participate in this year’s edition.