Defending champion, Ebenyo, eyes second Okpekpe Race title

Defending champion, Daniel Ebenyo of Kenya has promised to return to Nigeria for a second bite at the Okpekpe Road Race title notwithstanding the number of top runners listed for this year’s event.

Ebenyo ran a new 28:28 course record to win the men’s title on his debut and now wants to make history asthe first man to successfully defend the title.

“I am interested in returning to Nigeria to run at the Okpekpe Race. Nigeria is like my second home,” he said.

Since winning the Okpekpe Race, Ebenyo has gone on to win the 10,000m silver medal at the World Athletics Championships in Budapest, Hungary and a half marathon silver medal at the World Road Running Championships in Riga, Latvia.

The Okpekpe Road Race will celebrate its 10th anniversary this year and organisers have said it will be the best in terms of its glamour and entertainment.

“The technical and administrative organisation of the event have been applauded by World Athletics with the elevation of the event to a gold label status after its return from a two-year COVID-induced absence,” the race director, Zack Amodu, said.

This year’s Okpekpe Road Race will hold on May 25 in Okpekpe, Edo State.

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