National cross country race: Winners to share N2m Prize
Winners at today’s National Cross Country race holding in the cold city of Jos will share from a total prize purse of over N2m, organizers have announced.
The race, the first to be organized in the country in almost 40 years, is facilitated by the minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, who will flag it off at the Rhino Golf Course in Jos.
Race coordinator, Tony Osheku, says arrangements for a hitch free race is a done deal and athletes who will be the direct beneficiaries of the race are delighted. “We are ready for the first real cross country race in almost four decades,” says Osheku, a former Nigeria 1500m champion.
“The excitement here is palpable as the athletes who came on a tour of the course are excited to be part of the race which will signpost a new beginning for distance runners in the country,’ added Osheku who believes Dare will be remembered as the man building the foundation for the development of distance running in Nigeria.
Osheku says he is already getting messages from some of the best distance coaches and managers in the world who have been commending the Sports Ministry for finally giving attention to distance running in Nigeria. “Walter Abymayr, a renowned athletics coach and manager is excited we are returning to running cross country which he believes is the solid foundation that we can have to produce world-class athletes,” Osheku added.
Today’s 10km race will start at 10am with the women’s race taking centre stage. “The event will be organized in accordance with World Athletics competition rules,” Osheku added.