Cross River state Governor, Senator Liyel Imoke will flag off the 7th edition of the Obudu international mountain race and the third African Nations Mountain Running Championships on Monday at the Obudu Ranch resort in Obudu,Cross River state.
Governor Imoke, according to William Archibong,chairman of the Local Organising Committee for the race has accepted to once again flag off this year’s race which will witness the staging of the third edition of the African Nations Mountain Running Championships for both men and women.
’His Excellency,the executive Governor of Cross River state,Senator Liyel Imoke (CON) will flag off Monday’s race at the mountain resort in Obudu. He will be assisted by Bruno Gozzelino,the president of the world mountain running asso-ciation’,revealed Archibong who has been at the helm of Obudu affairs since the inaugural edition of the race in 2005.
Archibong WHO did not fail to acknowledge that the Governor’s support has been the pillar behind the monumental successes the race has recorded over the years has called on corporate organisations to join the Governor in helping to develop the sport of mountain running in Nigeria.
Top stars including the defending men and women cham-pions,Ethiopia’s Abebe Dinkesa (men) and Meselech Haileyesus (women) have arrived for the race. Meanwhile the LOC has revealed an unchanged prize money outlay for this year’s edition. Last year the total prize money for the 6th edition of the race was increased by over $35,000 by the organisers following the introduction of the women’s version of the African Nations Mountain Running Championship.
The total prize money which gone up from $245,500 to $278,000 has been retained for this year’s edition.
The prize money for the first to the 10th position for this year’s race remain the same with the winners in each gender category going home with $50,000 each while $20,000 and $9,000 respectively will go to the second and third placed finishers. The prizes for 4th -10th placed finishers in each category also remain at $4,500, $4,000, $3,000, $2,500, $2,000, $1,500 and $1,000 respectively.
The African Championship draws a prize money of $15,000 for first team position, $10,000 for second and $7,500 for third team position for both men and women.