Organisers of the annual Okpekpe Road Race scheduled for May 25 in Edo State, Pamodzi Sports Marketing, have revealed that the prize money for the competition remains unchanged.
According to the outlay on the event’s website www.okpekperoadrace.com, a total of $112,000 is on offer as prize money to the top eight finishers in the men and women’s elite race.
The winner in each gender category will go home with $20,000 while $13,000 and $9,000 respectively will go to the second and third place finishers while the prizes for fourth to eighth positions in each gender category are $6,500, $3,000, $2,000, $1,500, and $1,000 respectively.
However, Dare Esan, spokesman for the race says the cash prize and other bonuses will be given to the eventual winners after the athletes must have passed the usual anti-doping procedures.
He said; Athletes running for the prize money on offer must also achieve a level of performance before they can redeem their respective prizes. For example, to qualify for the $20,000 top prize for the elite runners, the athletes must run 28:35.00 minutes or better for the men, and 32:41.00 minutes for the women.
“For the Nigerian category, the winners must run 29:04.00 minutes or better for men and 34:05.01 minutes for the women’s race,” he said.
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