Athletes from Kenyans on Saturday emerged winners in the male categories while an Ethiopian, Yani Dera Dida, winning the first prize in the female categories.
Kibet Alex, who ran 29.46 seconds emerged winner in the male category, while Simon Chepat who took second ran 30.29 seconds just as Ronoh Timothy took third by finishing 30.39seconds.
Other female athletes from Kenyan that took second and third positions respectively were Tuei Sandra Chebey who ran for 33.33 and Kipyokei Diana.
Speaking to newsmen, Kibet said the weather affected the time he wanted to finish.
According to him, “I want to thank God for winning this race. This is my first time here. The course was not easy especially the finishing point. The starting point was okay but the finishing point was hilly.
“The organization needs to put in more for the race to get the gold label. The rain makes the time to go worse.”
Foreign athletes including their Nigeria counterpart had earlier began their race 20 minutes before the rain began.
Among dignitaries who participated in the VIP race were former Governor Adams Oshiomhole, Governor Godwin Obaseki, Minister of Sports, Solomon Dalung, Edo Deputy Governor, Hon Philip Shaibu, Edo First Lady, Mrs. Betsy Obaseki, former Commissioner for Environment, Mr. Clem Agba amongst others.
Governor Obaseki and Oshiomhole completed the race despite the rain.
Vice Chancellor of the Ambrose Alli University, Prof. Ignatius Onimawo, however, led students and top management staff of the institution to run against cultism.
Prof. Onimawo stressed that cultism has become a menace in the society that needed to be eradicated.