Governor Liyel Imoke of Cross River will flag off the 6th edition of the Obudu international mountain race this Saturday at the Obudu Ranch resort in Obudu.
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 second African Nations Mountain Running Championships for both men and women.
'His Excellency, the executive Governor of Cross River state, Senator Liyel Imoke will flag off Saturday's race at the mountain resort in Obudu.He will be assisted by Bruno Gozzelino, the president of the world mountain running association who has confirmed he will be here for the race', revealed Archibong who has been at the helm of Obudu affairs since the inaugural edition of the race in 2005.
Top stars including the defending men and women champions, Ethiopia's Habtamu Fikadu Awash (men) and Mamitu Daskaas (women) as well as three former champions led by reigning world champion, Andrea Mayr of Austria have arrived for the race.
Meanwhile the total prize money for this year's race, according to Archibong has been increased by over $35,000 following the introduction of the women's version of the African Nations Mountain Running Championship.
The total prize money has gone up from $245,500 to $278,000. The prize money for the first to the 10th position for this year's race however remains 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.