The international 10km Okpekpe road race tops the list of 16 road races in Nigeria certified by World Athletics after the world body updated the list of certified road races in the world last December.

The Okpekpe International 10km Road Race is the first road race in Nigeria to have its course measured by a World Athletics and AIMS certified course measurer and the first in West Africa to receive tag status.

This means the Okpekpe race is the first truly world-class road running event in Nigeria after it was awarded a bronze tag status in 2015, upgraded to silver and now gold for the ninth edition scheduled for on May 27, 2023, in Okpekpe near Auchi. , Edo state.

Also certified are the Access Bank Lagos Marathon, the second World Athletics-labeled road race in Nigeria, and its 10km component, which is considered a separate race.

Four road races have been certified in Abuja, two in Ijebu Ode, three in Kaduna, two in Onitsha, one in Abeokuta and the Osogbo Brandove Osun women’s 10km race.

Through certification, all performances achieved in these races will be eligible for best performance lists, entry standards for major championships and Games, world rankings and world records.

All 16 races have had their courses measured by World Athletics certified measurers and all have a valid International Course Measurement Certificate which lasts for five years from the date of initial measurement.

The certificate for the Okpkekpe International 10km Road Race and the Access Bank Lagos Marathon will also expire in 2026.

The certificate for the four races in Abuja will expire in 2025, while the two in Onitsha and the Abeokuta 10km race will expire this year.

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