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Okpekpe Race Gets Downward Review in Prize Money

Staff Reporter

2016-03-07 14:37:38.

If you are looking for an avenue to make quick but legitimate cash, then the Okpekpe 10 km Road Race is the place to be.

Organizers of the road race have announced a new prize money for athletes who finish in top eight positions. Applicable to each gender category, a total of $92,000 will be given with $15,000, $10,000 and $7,000 offered to the winner, second and third place finishers, respectively.

Spokesperson for the race, Mr Dare Esan, made this known to the media.

The new prize money system is $8,000 less what was offered at the 2015 edition. Last year, a total of $100,000 was given to winners alongside second and third placed runners in both male and female category.

The 2016 edition is clearly a reduction from last year’s but notably a re-distribution of financial rewards across the top eight finishers

Mr Esan also said: “The prizes for 4th – 8th placed finishers in each gender category are $5,000, $3,000, $2,500, $2,000, and $1,500 respectively.” He disclosed that performance bonus will be introduced to this year’s race edition with “pacemakers” involved in the race.

In a bid to motivate participating athletes to improve on last years’ time performance and make the road race more thrilling, bonuses will be given.

“Athletes achieving a world leading time will be eligible for a special bonus, which will be revealed in due course,” Esan pointed. He stressed that “performance must be an improvement on the existing time.”

Concerning the inclusion of pacemakers, the objective is to help athletes achieve a record-chasing mission.

“Pacemakers are runners who lead a middle – or long distance – running event for the first section, to ensure a fast time,” Esan stated. He explained further that they (Pacemakers) are “frequently employed by race organisers for world record attempts with specific instructions for lap times. This time we are employing them for world leading times.”

This year’s race is scheduled for May 7.

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