Organisers of the annual Obudu international mountain race has re-affirmed their determination to host another successful event come Monday 28th of November when the 7th edition of the championship holds at the Obudu Ranch Resort in Obudu,Cross River State.
William Archibong,chairman of the Local Organising Committee (LOC) for the race said in Calabar that all the logistics for a hitch-free competition have been put in place and that the state Governor,Senator Liyel Imoke is pulling all the stops to make this year’s edition the best ever.
’Every logistics has been taken care of by the LOC for the race.His Excellency,Governor Imoke is happy with the progress we have made both in the technical organisation of the race and the travel and accommodation of all participants. The experience we have garnered since the inaugural edition was held seven years ago has come in handy’,said a delighted Archibong who has been the head of the LOC since 2005
Archibong is also delighted that the race this year has attracted the best mountain runners in the world and proves the organisers have scored high marks in the technical organisation of the event.
’I am happy that we will be having a world class cast storm Obudu to compete for the title and cash on offer.This is a confirmation that the organisation of the race has been world class’,he said.
Archibong’s sentiments was echoed by PatricK Ugbe,the Cross River state Honourable Commissioner for Information who believes the interest shown and support given by the Governor has been the driving force behind the successes recorded over the years by the LOC.
’Without doubt the tremendous backing we have received from His Execellency has galvanised us into organising what the president of world mountain running association,Bruno Gozzelino has called a perfect race so far.We can only get better and want to assure Nigerians that we shall continue to project Nigeria in positive light to the rest of the world through a perfect organisation of the annual Obudu international mountain race.This is a perfect image laundering tool for Nigeria and His Excellency is delighted to be at the vanguard of getting the outside world to know there are far better good things
coming out of Nigeria than the negative reports in the international media’,he said.
This year’s race will comprise the 7th edition of the individual race and the 3rd edition of the African Nations Mountain Running Championship.
Over 200 athletes have been confirmed for the 3-in-1 race,out of which 116 are Nigerians.
The race is organized by the Cross River State Government,in conjunction with the Athletic Federation of Nigeria (AFN).It enjoys tremendous support from the African Athletics Confederation(CAA),the World Mountain Running Association,(WMRA) and the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).