Prize money for Obudu mountain race increased
The prize money for the 5th Obudu international mountain race has been slightly adjusted to accommodate the first African mountain running championships which will hold alongside the Obudu international mountain race next month at the Obudu Ranch Resort in Obudu,Cross River state.
Chairman of the Local Organising Committee (LOC) for the race,William Archibong revealed that the
total prize money for the 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 prize money for the 4th to the 10th placed finishers have however been adjusted to
$4,500,$4,000,$3,000,$2,500,$2000,$1,500 and $1,000 respectively.
Archibong also revealed the prize money for the African mountain running championships as follows:The first
prize winner in the strictlt team event will go home with $15,000 while the second and the third placed winners
will get $10,000 andÂ “The African nations mountain race will be competed for by only male runners this year representing their different countries and will be ran side by side the annual Obudu international mountain race”,reveals Archibong who has been the head of the LOC since 2005 when the inaugural edition of the race was run.
The LOC boss also revealed that the prize monies for the best Nigerian finishers (male and female) as well as
those for the media race still remain the same with the first three finishers winning $2000,$1500 and $1000
The Obudu international mountain race covers a distance of 11 kilometres uphill to an altitude of 1,575 metres
above sea level taking you to one of the finest tourist destinations in the world,the Obudu Mountain Resort.
The race has already received the support of the new man at the helm of affairs at the World Mountain Running
Association (WMRA),Italian,Bruno Gozzelino who has hinted that the race may get a WMRA Grand Prix status as early
as 2011 if the Obudu LOC makes a request.
The Confederation of African Athletics (CAA) is also backing the race and its secretary general,Lamy Fatty wrote
the AFN recently to express their support for the innovative efforts of Governor Liyel Imoke especially regarding
the African mountain running championships.
The race has also attracted the new Commonwealth mountain running champion,Wilson Chemweno of Kenya,WMRA women’s grand prix winner and the race defending woman champion,Andrea Mayr of Austria as well as Czech Republic’s Anna
Pichrtova who won the women’s individual event at penultimate weekend’s World Mountain Running Long Distance
Challenge in Soll,Austria.
Also confirmed for the race is the men’s defending champion,Abebe Dinkesa who will be leading a strong
contingent of Ehtiopian runners including former woman winner,Rehima Kedir to both the international mountain
race and the African championships.