The Local Organising Committee (LOC) for the Obudu International Mountain Race has declared the course for the competition ready, just as it has promised to organise another hitch free competition this weekend when the eight edition of the race holds at the Obudu Ranch Resort, Cross River State.
LOC Chairman, William Archibong, disclosed at the weekend that his committee had concluded all arrangements for a perfect race, adding, “we have taken care of all logistics and want to assure Cross River State Governor, Senator Liyel Imoke, all Cross River indigenes and Nigerians in general that we will organise another successful race that befits the status of excellence we have achieved over the years.”
He added that officials of the World Mountain Running Association (WMRA) have started arriving in the country for the race, while elite runners would start coming in from today.
The state’s Commissioner for Youth and Sports, Patrick Ugbe, who is also a member of the LOC, also promised that the committee would fulfill Governor Imoke’s charge that this year’s race be used as a test-run for the World Mountain Running Championships, which the state is hosting in 2014.
Ugbe further disclosed that this year’s race will be run over 12 kilometres in line with the requirements of the world governing body for mountain running and is open to only professional runners.
`This is more like a fresh start for us because we will observe all the rules that govern a World Mountain Running Championships in this year’s race, but we are up to the task. The WMRA believes in us and the governor has confidence in our organisational abilities,” says Ugbe.
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