2017 Okpekpe Winner Shines in Canada Race

Ethiopia’s Leul Gebresilase, winner of the men’s race at the fifth edition of the Okpekpe International 10km Road Race held three weeks ago in Okpekpe near Auchi in Edo State has proved he is one of the athletes to watch out for this season.

The 24-year-old who came second behind Kenya’s Korio Alex Olotptip at the third edition of the Okpekpe race in 2015 before breaking the Kenyan dominance over a fortnight ago ran a personal season best time of 28:43 to win the IAAF Gold Label Ottawa 10K in Ottawa, Canada at the weekend.

“This is a confirmation of the fact that we brought truly world-class athletes to compete at the Okpekpe race. We brought gold-level running athletes to compete in a bronze label event which shows our ambition to move up the ranking into gold in no time,” said Dare Esan, spokesman for the Okpekpe race.

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Okpekpe Race: Edo Govt to roll out 3-yr programme, as organizers appreciate govt

Edo state government is to set up a technical committee to plan a three year development programme for the Okpekpe 10 kilometer road race ahead of the May 12 date already set aside for next year’s event.

Edo State Deputy Governor, Rt Hon Comrade Philip Shaibu disclosed this Monday when he played host to the organizers of the race, led by Chief Mike Itemuagbor who were at the Government House, Benin on an appreciation visit to government for the successful hosting of this year’s event which held last Saturday. Read more “Okpekpe Race: Edo Govt to roll out 3-yr programme, as organizers appreciate govt”

Obaseki, Shaibu, Oshiomhole others complete 10km Okpekpe race

Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State, yesterday, completed the 10km Okpekpe Road Race in 86.4 minutes to fulfill his promise to run for We Care Trust Charity.

Hot on his heels were Deputy Governor Phillip Shaibu, who completed the race in 86.7 minutes and former governor Adams Oshiomhole, who completed the race after 87.3 minutes of perspiration.

Speaking after the race, Governor Obaseki said he would set up a sport commission backed up by the law to reposition sporting activities in the state. Read more “Obaseki, Shaibu, Oshiomhole others complete 10km Okpekpe race”

Ethiopians claim Okpekpe Road Race titles

It was a clean sweep of medals for the Ethiopians in the men’s category of the 5th edition of the Okpekpe International 10km Road Race held on Saturday, May 13th in Edo State.

The Ethiopian trio of Leul Gebriesialse (00:29:28), Jima Bekele (00:29.34) and Dawit Fikadu (00:32.22) crossed the finishing line one after the other to beat their Kenyan counterparts to the top prize of the only IAAF bronze label race in Nigeria. Read more “Ethiopians claim Okpekpe Road Race titles”

Solomon Dalung Proposes Replication Of Okpekpe Race Across Nigeria

The Minister of Youths and Sports, Solomon Dalung has commended the organisers of the fifth edition of the Okpekpe 10km road race for its successful completion.

Mr Dalung however noted that it is necessary to organise similar races across the country not just for the health benefits but also for development of the country’s professional athletes.

Meanwhile, the Governor of Edo State, Godwin Obaseki has given an assurance that the state government would not relent in its efforts to host better editions of the Okpekpe road race. Read more “Solomon Dalung Proposes Replication Of Okpekpe Race Across Nigeria”

Dalung wants support for athletes

The Minister of Sports, Mr. Solomon Dalung, has decried what he described as “negative publicity” given to Nigerian athletes.

Dalung  said this  after the 5th Okpekpe International 10km Road Race in Edo State on Saturday.

The bronze-label race held in Okpekpe, a community in Etsako East Local Government Area of the state, attracted athletes from different African countries. Read more “Dalung wants support for athletes”

Okpekpe Road Race: I didn’t know I’ll win, says Pam

Deborah Pam, the fastest Nigerian female at the just-concluded 5th Okpekpe 10km Road Race yesterday said she did not believe she would win because she was just recovering from an injury.

The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Bronze label road race held on May 13 in Okpekpe Town in Edo.

Pam said in an interview in Lagos that her success was due to consistent training when she was injury free.

“I will attribute my success to training, I train everyday unless I am not healthy but I never thought that I will win the 5th Okpekpe race because I was just recovering from injury. Read more “Okpekpe Road Race: I didn’t know I’ll win, says Pam”