Participating athletes at this year’s Obudu Mountain challenge are expected to face more challenges as the course of the race has been extended to meet international standards.
Obudu Mountain race media director and Cross River Information commissioner, Patrick Ugbe disclosed that World Mountain Race Association (WMRA) will increase the length of the race course, stressing that athletes would have to dig deep to cover the grounds.
‘The athletes are likely to run a little more because the LOC, in conjunction with the WMRA is making plans to increase the length of the course to make it in-line with the standard used at the world mountain running championships’’, he said.
Ugbe added that the LOC has been told that the course must not contain any dangerous sections and that it must be marked throughout such that complete strangers to the courses can follow without difficulty.
‘’Mountain races,like we all know take place across country which is mainly off-road and involves considerable amounts of ascent for mainly uphill races like we have in Obudu’’,he revealed,promising that the LOC will ensure the recommended approximate distances and total amount of ascent for international races as contained in IAAF Rule 250.10 are met’’.