The 2021 edition of the BIGI Abeokuta 10 Km Race will hold on November 13 from the Alake of Egbaland Palace to the MKO Abiola Stadium, by strictly Nigerian runners.
Nilayo Sports Management Ltd boss, Hon. Bukola Olopade, said at the IBD Hotel, Abeokuta during the race official press conference on Tuesday that the race tagged “Running For Naija’ Homeland, would see Nigerian runners going home with dollars prize money.
According to Olopade, the winner of the Bigi Abeokuta 10 Km Race will go home with $2,000, the second place $1,500 and third place $1,000 for both the male and female races which amount to about
He stressed that, the prize money cuts across and there is no difference between elite and regular runners. The race is for all Nigerians.
The race’s General Manager, Yusuf Ali disclosed that every runner, able and wheelchair, will wear chips to avoid cheating, spy cameras will be mounted on the routes, while the athletes will have to maintain social distance at the start point identified by the running numbers in front of them. All Covid-19 protocol will be observed in the race.
Yusuf appealed to media personnel covering the event to be mindful of the mandatory distance to the athletes to avoid any distractions. He stressed that during the the last race in Ijebu Ode, media personnel on motorcycle covering the Ijebu Heritage Half Marathon, unknowingly damaged the mats for transponder which was supposed to help monitor runners on the routes. “We don’t want a repeat of this at the Bigi Abeokuta 10km Race.