Okpekpe race organisers give May 25 registration deadline

Organisers of the Okpekpe International 10km Road Race have given Wednesday, May 22 as the closing date for registration of athletes for the seventh edition of the only IAAF Silver Label road running event in Africa. The run holds on Saturday, May 25 in Okpekpe, Edo State, Extrasportsnigeria.com reports.

The race Director of Organisation Zak Amodu said, “Accreditation and number pick up will begin on Thursday, May 23 and end the next day. It will start at 8:00 a.m. each day at the Yak Hotel along Auchi-Benin Road.

“To pick up your race number you will need to print a copy of your order confirmation email or Order No and present a form of identification.”

Amodu insists there will be no accreditation on race day. He added that those who are unable to make it to the pick-up venue can send a third party to pick it up for them with proper form of identification.

“We feel it is important to give this registration timeline very early because of the nature of the race. It is an IAAF silver label race which means it is a world class race comparable to all the other silver label road races across the globe.

“We thus want to tidy up logistics for the administrative and technical organisation of the race very early.”

Like it was last year, this year’s edition will be the first IAAF Silver Label 10km race of the year.

It will hold six days after the IAAF Gold Label Tata Consultancy Services World 10km in Bangalore, India and on the same day the IAAF Gold Label Ottawa 10K holds in Ottawa, Canada.

The Okpekpe race is organised by Pamodzi Sports Marketing, leaders in sports marketing with the technical assistance from the Athletics Federation of Nigeria.