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Governor of Cross River State, Liyel Imoke, will declare open the 7th edition of the Obudu International Mountain Race and the third African Nations Mountain Running Championships on Monday at the Obudu Ranch Resort,Cross River State.

Chairman of the Local Organising Committee of the race, William Archibong, said the governor accepted to perform the function despite his packed schedule.

Liyel Imoke

Liyel Imoke

He said, “Governor Imoke will be assisted by Bruno Gozzelino, the president of the World Mountain Running Association. The race started in 2005 and we have so far recorded tremendous success. It is our target to do more this season.”

Defending champion in the men’s category, Ethiopia’s Abebe Dinkesa and Meselech Haileyesus, who won the last edition in the women’s category have arrived to defend their titles.

The LOC said ahead of the race that prize money would remain the same. Following the introduction of the women’s category last year, prize money for the competition was increased to $278,000 with winners in each category getting a reward of $50,000. Organisers also decided to reward runners in the second position with $20,000 while third placed runners get $9,000. Those who finish between the 4th and 10th positions will also get cash award.

Archibong said the prizes were retained so that the standard would not drop.

Prize money for best Nigerian finishers (men/women) and Media Race (men/women) are also unchanged with the top three finishers going home with $2,000, $1,500 and $1,000 respectively.

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