Vanguard (Lagos)

Nigeria: Imoke Flags Off Obudu Race

Cross River state Governor, Senator Liyel Imoke will flag off the 8th edition of the Obudu international mountain race today at the Obudu Ranch resort in Obudu, Cross River state.

According to William Archibong, chairman of the Local Organising Committee for the race, this year's race which will witness the staging of the fourth edition of the African Nations Mountain Running Championships for both men and women.

"The Governor will flag off the race at the mountain resort in Obudu and he will be assisted by Bruno Gozzelino, the president of the world mountain running association and Chief Solomon Ogba, president of the Athletic Federation of Nigeria", Archibong said.

Meanwhile the LOC has revealed an unchanged prize money outlay for this year's edition.Two years ago the total prize money for the 6th edition of the race was increased by over $35,000 by the organisers following the introduction of the women's version of the African Nations Mountain Running Championship.

... As Australian High Commissioner joins race

THE Australian High Commissioner to Nigeria, Ian Mconville is among the top 100 mountain runners that would battle for prizess today (Saturday) in the 4th Obudu mountain race tagged African Mountain Running Championship.

President of the Local Organizing Committee Mr. Williams Archibong, who disclosed this yesterday at the Obudu Ranch Resort venue for the championship said the 2012 race would feature top one hundred athletes to test run the new race course.

Archibong described this year's edition as "very difficult and challenging and the winner of this year's race would be a worthy winner".

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