WMRA Lists Obudu Mountain Race As One Of Season’s Major Events

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Runners at the Obudu International Mountain Race
Runners at the Obudu International Mountain Race

The World Mountain Running Association (WMRA) has listed the 2014 Obudu International Mountain Race and the African Running Championship as one of this year’s major events.

The Obudu race, which is slated for November in the serene hilly town in Cross River State, is the world’s highest paying mountain running event, with the winners in both the men and women categories getting $50,000.

Yesterday the Local Organizing Committee for the 10th Obudu International Mountain Race and the sixth African Nations Mountain Running Championships confirmed that the cash prizes remain unchanged, saying the decision would ensure it maintained its status as the highest paying mountain race in the world.

The WMRA listed the championships as one of its 16 major events for this year and the only one slated for the month of November.

The race is also listed as the final major for the year.

Obudu Mountain Race was conceived as one of the vehicles, to drive world attention to one of the finest tourist destinations in the world, the Obudu Mountain Resort.

It is organized by the Cross River State Government in conjunction with the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN).

It enjoys tremendous support from the African Athletics Confederation (CAA), the WMRA and the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).

The LOC also revealed that the new 13km (for men) and 9.64km (for women) new race course used for last year’s edition will also be used for this year’s race.

Media chief of the race, Patrick Ugbe, who is also the Cross River State Commissioner for Sports and Youth Development, says Cross River State Governor, Liyel Imoke, has approved the retention of the top prize money.

culled from Guardian
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