Saturday May 11th, 2019
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.
Association of International Marathons and Distance Races has confirmed the Saturday May 12, 2018 date for the sixth edition of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) bronze-label Okpekpe international 10km road race which will hold in Okekpe, near Auchi in Edo state.
The Okpekpe race is the only road race in Nigeria that is listed on the 2018 calendar of AIMS,a member-based organization of more than 400 of the world’s leading distance races from over 100 countries and territories.
|2nd Male||30:29||Simon Cheprat||25||Kenya|
|3rd Male||30:39||Ronoh Kiplagat||31||Kenya|
|4th Male||30:11||Letaya Simon||34||Kenya|
|2nd Female||33:33||Tuei Chabet||34||Kenya|
|3rd Female||34:24||Kipyojei Chemtai||24||Kenya|
|4th Female||38:51||Sheila Chebet||33||Kenya|
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.