This year’s race will be run over 12 kilometres.
The Local Organising Committee, LOC, for the 8th Obudu international mountain race and the 4th African mountain running championships has fixed Saturday November 17, for the two-in-one race.
The Chairman of the LOC, William Archibong, said the middle-of-the-month scheduling was due to the timing of the 18th National Sports Festival holding in Lagos.
“The LOC has moved the timing of the race back to the middle of next month instead of the traditional end of the month scheduling due to the National Sports Festival which starts on November 27 in Lagos”, Mr. Archibong said.
Mr. Archibong revealed that registration of athletes for this year’s race has since commenced and assured that the committee will organise a hitch-free competition, especially with the re-mapping of the race course to meet the standard set by the world governing body for mountain running.
“This year’s race will be run over 12 kilometres unlike the previous editions,” Mr. Archibong said. “The race will also be run more on bush path than asphalted road which poses a new challenge but our experience of organising the event over the years will come in handy here.
Mr. Archibong also said the 2012 and 2013 eighth and ninth editions of the race will be used as test runs for the 30th world mountain running association championships which will be held at the Obudu Ranch Resort in Obudu, Cross River State, in 2014.