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Top Stars Jet In For Okpekpe Race …Dalung Registers For Race

Posted: May 5, 2016 at 3:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

As many as 11 gold level elite runners are among the 20 international elite athletes who jetted into Nigeria Wednesday for Saturday’s fourth Okpekpe international 10km road race in Okpekpe near Auchi in Edo state.
Dare Esan, spokesman for the race, reveal that five out of the gold level elite runners were women.
He said that he expected an explosive race poing by the caliber of runners for the race.
”We are going to have a very explosive race in Okpekpe this year and I won’t be surprised if a new course record is set. The men and women course records are held by Ethiopian duo of Teshome Mekonnen and Wude Ayalew who ran 28:35 and 32:41 respectively at the second edition of the race,” said Esan who revealed that some athletes from the initial entry list dropped out due to injuries.
Meanwhile 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.