The Okpekpe Road Race invites world-class runners from around the world in a tradition tointermix local recreational and up and coming runnerswith the best of the best. Invitation extended to all CAA Member Federations, all military and para-military have sent in entries.
Okpekpe is more than just a collection of fertilefarmlands or a window into the past, it is a livingmodern village of approximately 50,000 people. The Village is famous for its position on the hill topin the Edo North Senatorial district and its huge agricultural and investment potential and quite asuitable tourism destination.
It is the Highest paying complete road race inNigeria. It is different from the Obudu International mountain race which is run off-road. In terms of tourism, the area covers the highest point in Edo State.
The Okpekpe Road Race invites world-class runnersfrom around the world in a tradition to intermixlocal recreational and up and coming runners with the best of the best. The invitation extended to all CAA Member Federations, all military and para-military have sent in entries (2,000 – 3,000).
|Caroline Chepkoech Kipkirui
The Okpekpe people are said to have migrated to their present location from the old Benin Kingdom during the ‘tyranny’ of Oba Ewuare, the great, the then Oba of Benin. Oral history has it that, the reason for the migration was because the Oba had decreed that all communities within the Kingdom must mourn the death of his (Oba Ewuare) son for a long period, without going to farm or hunting. This led to starvation and death among the okpekpe people, thus forcing them to migrate to their current location, a mountainous topography that could serve asdefense against any likely invasion by the Oba.
Okpekpe is is famous for its position on the hill top in the Edo North Senatorial district and its huge agricultural and investment potential and quite a suitable tourism destination.
DISTANCE: 10 Kilometers over hills and sandy path, Okpekpe Road Race starts in Apama Road and ends in Okpekpe , Edo State.