Association of International Marathons and Distance Races has confirmed the Saturday May 12,2018 date for the sixth edition of the International Association of Athletics Federations bronze-label Okpekpe international 10km road race which will hold in Okpekpe, near Auchi in Edo State.
The Okpekpe race is the only road race in Nigeria that is listed on the 2018 calendar of AIMS, a member-based organisation of more than 400 of the world’s leading distance races from over 100 countries and territories.
‘The Okpekpe race is also the only member of the prestigious organisation in Nigeria and the first to have its route measured by an IAAF/AIMS accredited measurer,’ said spokesman for the race, Dare Esan.
“The race is also the only road one in Nigeria and West Africa to have an IAAF label rating and one of only three in Africa last year.
This means it is the only race in Nigeria today that the IAAF has designated as one of the leading road races around the world. We are hoping for an upgrade to silver this year as we met all the requirements needed for an upgrade following the benchmark organisation of the fifth edition last year in Okpekpe,” he further said.