Organisers of the IAAF Bronze Label Okpekpe international 10-km road race have announced that there will be live bands at the finish area to entertain participants on Saturday May 7, when the fourth edition of the race holds in Okpekpe near Auchi in Edo state.
Dare Esan , spokesman for the race, says a carnival-like atmosphere would be created both at the start and at the finish with live bands and a selection of other activities at the finish area throughout the day.
“There will also be food and beverages for participants and spectators because the Okpekpe race is much more than an athletic event.
“Apart from boosting the local economy, the top-flight race will showcase the town on the international stage, and provide a platform for Nigerians to join hands with runners and spectators from around the world and make new friends.’
“Our athletes will also benefit from the platform we have created to enable them gauge their readiness for the outdoor season especially the long distance runners.’
Esan also revealed that adequate medical provision have been made for the participants, both the elite and fun-runners at the race.
“There will also be numerous portable toilets at the start, along the routes and finish area because we place great value on all the participants. Water and refreshments shall be provided free of charge for all participants on the course and at the finish area.’
Meanwhile, athletes and officials are expected to start arriving as from Thursday May 5 to begin the screening and accreditation processes.
“Final registration and number pickup starts on the evening of Friday May 6 between 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at Yak Hotel (Auchi, Benin Road)
It will resume again on Saturday morning from 6:00 a.m at the Race Venue until a few minutes before the Road race begins at 8 a.m.,” added Esan, who advised that athletes should collect their running bib in person wand with proper proof of identity.