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New Prize Money Outlay For Okpekpe Race

Posted: Mar 7, 2016 at 3:36 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Organisers of the annual Okpekpe 10km road race have announced a new prize money outlay for the fourth edition of the race, which holds on Saturday May 7, 2016.
Dare Esan, spokesman for the race, revealed that a total of $92,000 in prize money will be paid to the top eight finishers in the men and women’s race with  the winner in each gender category going home with $15,000, while $10,000  and $7,000 respectively will go to the second and third placed finishers.
”The prizes for 4th-8th placed finishers in each gender category are $5000, $3,000, $2,500, $2,000, and $1,500 respectively,” said Esan, who also revealed the introduction of performance bonuses to this year’s race.
“Athletes achieving a world leading time will be eligible for a special bonus, which will be revealed in due course,” said Esan, who noted that the performance must be an improvement on the existing time.
He revealed that the organisers of the race were considering using pacemakers to help the athletes in their record-chasing mission. “Pacemakers are runners who lead a middle- or long distance running event for the first section to ensure a fast time and are frequently employed by race organisers for world record attempts with specific instructions for lap times. This time we are employing them for world leading times,” Esan explained.
He also explained why there was a reduction in the prize money for the top three finishers in this year’s race. Last year the top three finishers were won $25,000, $15,000 and $10,000 respectively.
“We know athletes who have attained gold level or silver level running status will demand appearance fees and that is why some of the invited athletes will be paid appearance fees. We really want to go for the best legs in the world because Okpekpe
10km road race is an international event certified by the IAAF,’ Esan also revealed a new prize money outlay for Nigerian runners at the race.
“The total prize purse has been increased to N1.1m with the first placed finishers in both the men and women race going home with N250, 000 while the second to the fifth placed finishers will get  N100, 000, N80,000, N70,000 and N50,000 respectively,”  he said and noted that the payment of prize money and bonuses is dependent upon athletes clearing the usual anti-doping procedures.