African Sun Limited, the management company in-charge of the Obudu Ranch Resort in Obudu, venue for this weekendâ€™s fifth Obudu international mountain race and the first African mountain running championships, has agreed an improved package for the media race that will precede the international mountain race thisÂ Saturday.
William Archibong, chairman of the local organising committee for the race, told journalists in Calabar yesterday that the world class management company has agreed an all expense paid trip for the male and female winners of the media race to Accra Ghana.
“African Sun Limited which has been managing the Ranch in Obudu has agreed to give the male and female winners of the media race an all expense paid weekend at the Holiday Inn in Accra, Ghana. The package includes return flight ticket, meals, accommodation and $100 spending moneyâ€™â€™, said Archibong who revealed that the package is an improvement on what was offered last year.
“Last year the offer was limited to only the male winner who had an all expense paid trip to Zimbabwe but this year, both the male and the female winners will benefit from the offer. This is aside the prize money also on offer for the media men.
The winners in both categories will win $2,000 while the second and the third will go home with $1,500 and $1,000 respectivelyâ€™â€™, he said.
Meanwhile, the total prize money for this yearâ€™s two-in-one race has gone up from $227,000 to $245,500. However, the prize money for the first three positions for both the male and female events remain the same at $50,000,$20,000 and $9,000 respectively to still make the Obudu international mountain race the highest paying mountain race in the world.
The total prize money for the 4th to the 10th placed finishers have been adjusted to $4,500, $4,000, $3,000, $2,500, $2000,$1, 500 and $1,000 respectively; while the prize money for the new African championships will have the winner going home with $15,000 while the second and the third placed winners will get $10,000 and $7,500 respectively.
For the childrenâ€™s race,the first prize has been doubled from N50,000 to a N100,000 for both male and female while the second prize moved from N40,000 to
N80,000.The third prize has also been increased from from N30,000 to N50,000.
The Governor also approved a further spread of the prize money to the 10th position as it is in the senior race with
N20,000,,N10,000,N9,000,N8,000,N7,000,N6,000 and N5,000 for the 4th to the 10th placed male and female finishers.
This yearâ€™s race will still hold at the Obudu Ranch Resort in Obudu located in the highlands of Cross River State in South Eastern Nigeria, only 45 miles
from the border with Cameroon. It possesses a temperate climate due to its high altitude. It has a cable car installed which brings guests from the base camp
or â€˜bottom hillâ€™ to the summit of the ranch.
The ranch is about a 35 minute drive from Obudu town which is about five hours from Calabar, the Cross River State capital. The Obudu ranch has a helipad and
a small airport for access by air.
At the base of the hills on which the ranch is located lies a newly built world_class water park with state_of_art swimming facilities and water slides for
children, teens and adults. The hilltop (cattle ranch) is about 11 km of winded road from the base and can be accessed by either the cable_car or the road.
The Obudu International Mountain race remains the highest paying Mountain Race in the World, with a star prize of $50,000 for both men and women.