Okpekpe race course to wear new look

The course for the Okpekpe International 10km Road Race will wear a new look when the seventh edition of the IAAF silver label event holds on Saturday, May 25th in Okpekpe, a hilly and rusty town in Etsako East Local Government Area of Edo State.

The Okpekpe race starts from Apana Road and ends in Okpekpe.

Edo governor, Godwin Obaseki has begun rehabilitation work on the road which was designed to open up the towns in both Etsako East and West to the commercial city of Auchi.

“We are grateful that Governor Obaseki is carrying out the rehabilitation work and this has come at the right time for us organisers of the road race,” Mike Itemuagbor, an indigene of Okpekpe and promoter of the internationally acclaimed race.

“It was the construction of the road some eight years ago that informed our decision to stage the race to not only put Okpekpe and indeed Edo State on the map of the world as a destination of sort for sports in Nigeria but also to showcase the remarkable achievement of the Comrade governor to the development of Edo State,” Itemuagbor added.

“Through the race the world now knows that there is a beautiful place called Okpekpe and more importantly that Nigeria is a safe place instead of the gory pictures painted about the country by the international as an unsafe country to travel to.”

Itemaugbor specially thanked Governor Obaseki for the support he has given the race after his predecessor left office.

“Truth is, he has always been a big part of the race from inception and we knew of his interest then and we are delighted he has gone a step further by offering advice on a whole number of things that can be done to attract more corporate involvement in the organisation of the race.”