AIPS courts Okpekpe Road Race

President of Association Internationale de la Presse Sportive (AIPS, Africa), Mitchel Obi, who is delighted the Okpekpe International 10km Road Race has been granted full membership of Association of International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS), has pledged his association’s desire to partner with the organisers to stimulate awareness about the race.
Obi wrote in a message to the race’s organiser, “at the instance of all sports journalists in Africa please accept our deep congratulation for your landmark memberships of AIMS. It is a fitting testimony to your diligence and the communal strength and support engineered by you and your team to make Okpekpe International Road race an event to behold annually.

“We look forward to your effective anchor with AIPS AFRICA to stimulate greater awareness and followership in the continent and beyond in the coming editions. We delight with your new status and once again felicitations.”This year’s Okpekpe Race, the fifth edition, will hold on May 13, 2017 in Okpekpe, a town in Etsako East Local Council of Edo State.

Okpekpe Race Granted AIMS Membership

Becomes first road race in Nigeria to be recognised by the prestigious body

The Okpekpe International 10km Road Race has been granted full membership of Association of International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS).

A statement from AIMS and signed by its President, Paco Baroa, congratulated promoter of the Okpekpe Road Race, Mike Itemuagbor, for meeting all its requirements to become the latest member of the elite association.

 

 “I am pleased to inform you that your application for Okpekpe International 10km Road Race to become an AIMS Full member has been accepted, effective in 2017. I wish you and your team a great success for your race and hope that our Association will be an important contributor,” observed the statement from AIMS. Read more “Okpekpe Race Granted AIMS Membership”

Okpekpe Road Race set to become Nigeria’s first AIMS member

Barely three years after becoming the first and only road race in Nigeria and the West African sub-region to be awarded a label status by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), the annual Okpekpe international 10km road race is set to make another indelible mark.

The event, which holds every May in Okpekpe near Auchi in Edo State, is set to become the first road race in Nigeria to be listed in the calendar of the Association of International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS), an association of long-distance running races.

Now in its fifth year, the Okpekpe international 10km road race organisers’ desire to join AIMS, an organisation founded in 1982 by race directors of many of the prestigious road races in the world to among other things foster and promote distance running throughout the world and its membership has grown to over 400 in over 100 countries.

IAAF, AIMS approve May 13 for Okpekpe Road Race

Organizers of the annual Okpekpe Road Race have revealed that the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) and the Association of International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS) have confirmed May 13, 2017 as date for the fifth edition of the competition.

For the second year running, the race is the only IAAF Label Road Race in Africa listed in the January to June calendar of road races released by the IAAF. It is also the only race in Nigeria listed by AIMS, which revealed that its course has been measured by an IAAF/AIMS accredited measurer.

This year’s race will hold in Okpekpe, a town in Etsako East Local Government Area of Edo State, Nigeria. It is located about 25 kilometres northeast of Auchi.

Last year Kenyans swept the male and female titles with Alex Korio winning the men’s event by 29:20 ahead of Leigh Gabriesileshe of Ethiopia and compatriot Amos Muteh, while Tanui Nkele also of Kenya came first in the women’s race with a time of 33:34.