Okpekpe 10km Road Race To Hold May 27, 2023

By Chimezie Nebolisa

World Athletics has confirmed May 27, 2023 as date for the ninth edition of the Okpekpe international 10km road race in Edo state.

The race, the first road running event to be granted a label status by World Athletics in West Africa will be one of the 40 gold-label road running events to hold in 2023.

It will also be the second gold label 10km road race to hold next year after the TCS World 10K Bengaluru in Bengaluru, India which holds on May 7, 2023.

Race organiser, Mike Itemuagbor said, he’s delighted the race has continued to lead the way in the West African sub-region and has become one of three races in Africa to be granted a gold label rating in 2023.

He thanked the Edo State Government for the support and the enabling environment they have provided for the race to attain the enviable height it has reached and the many historic feats it has achieved.

“Our appreciation also goes to the athletes, officiating officials, medical personnels, our sponsors and indeed the good and great people of Okpekpe and the entire Etsako East local government who have all contributed greatly and significantly to the historic height the race have reached since we started in 2013. Without you there would have been no Okpekpe race. You made the race the number one road running event in Nigeria and with you we can aspire to become the first platinum race not only in Nigeria but Africa,” said Itemuagbor.