Okpekpe Runners To Wear Timing Chip

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Organisers of the ninth gold label Okpekpe International 10km Road Race say the May 27 event will be conducted strictly in accordance with the rules and regulations of World Athletics, and warned intending runners that the use of the temporary timing chip that would be attached to their running bibs was compulsory.

“The race number and temporary timing chip are linked to the name and finishing time such that allowing another person to compete with your number will result in disqualification of the other person and your exclusion from next year’s event,” Zack Amodu, the race director, said.

Amodu added that distance markers would be placed at each kilometre mark, stating that the pre-race technical meeting with the international elite athletes and their representatives would hold a day to the race.

“This is very crucial to the successful organisation of the race because it is where all arrangements for the race viz-a-viz the warm-up schedule, configuration of refreshment stations and how to reach the finish line in case of drop-out among other things are communicated to the international and local elite athletes,” Amodu stated.

According to the race director, the elite athletes are free to provide their own refreshments and can nominate at which stations they shall be made available to them.

“We are sticking, again, with the recommendation of World Athletics that personalised bibs with names of the elite athletes will be provided for them to wear on race day.”

Amodu is confident of another hugely successful race on Saturday May 27 in Okpekpe.

“This will be the first gold label 10km road race to be organised in Nigeria and we are up to the task of organising another world class event.”

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