The Local Organising Committee (LOC) for the Obudu International Mountain Race and the African Mountain Running Championships has announced Saturday, November 8, 2014 as date for this year’s edition of the two-in-one race.
Speaking at the end of its meeting in Calabar at the weekend, Cross River State Commissioner for Youth and Sports, Patrick Ugbe, who is also the Vice-Chairman of the LOC, revealed that this year’s race will be unique.
“The 10th edition of the Annual Obudu International Mountain Race and the 6th African Mountain Running Championships will hold November 8 at the Obudu Ranch Resort in Obudu,” Ugbe, who has been a strong part of the race since its inaugural edition in 2005, said.
“The race this year will be different from past editions because we are celebrating the 10th year of sponsoring Africa’s best ever mountain running event and the highest paying mountain race in the world.
“We have thus christened this year’s race, ‘Mountain Race of the Stars.’ We want to invite all area champions and the very best mountain runners in the world to come and celebrate with us,” he added.
He revealed that a total of 110 athletes would feature in the race based on their performances around the globe, adding that the competitions will feature oath taking, match past, short speeches and local dances during the opening and closing ceremonies.
“The event shall feature children, youth, media and VIP races on the first day of the competition while the main race will come up on day two. His Excellency the Governor, Senator Liyel Imoke has promised to take part in the VIP race personally,” said Ugbe.