Obudu Mountain Race 2010:Who will conquer the mountains?

Posted: November 23, 2010 by CalabarBeckons in Uncategorized


Contestants on the move!

Come 27th November 2010, Obudu will host the world once again in the 6th Edition of the Obudu Mountain race and the 2nd African Nations Mountain Running Championship. Acclaimed the highest paying mountain race in the world, the two races will hold simultaneously on Saturday, November 27th 2010, featuring activities like Doping in Sports seminar, Media Race, Children’s Race and a Gala Night/Fireworks aside the main race.

The Obudu Mountain Race covers a distance of 11 kilometres uphill, to an altitude of 1,765 metres above sea level, taking you to one of the finest destinations in the world, the Obudu Mountain Resort.  The Race is the highest paying Mountain Race in the world, with star prize of $50,000 for both men and women.  The star prize for the African Nation’s Mountain Running Championship is $15,000 for both men and women teams.

Breathtaking U-bends

The  2009 edition of the Obudu Mountain Race was won by Ethiopian Habtamu Fikadu Awash with a time of 42:03 minutes.  Gregory Kusuro of Uganda came second with a time of 42:11 minutes while Kenyan Macdonald Ondara took the 3rd position in 42:14 minutes in a highly competitive male race. In the female category, Ethiopia’s Mamitu Daska came Ist  beating her compatriots Mestawet Tufa and Meselech Melkamu Hileyesus to 2nd and 3rd respectively.  The defending champions for both male and female, Ethiopians, Habtamu Fikadu Awash and Mamitu Daska will be on hand to defend their titles among a very strong international field.


OMR:2009 Edition Photo credit:Sanni Azeez

The Cable Car offering a spectacular view of the mountains













Facts: The Obudu Mountain Resort is one of the finest tourist destinations Nigeria  offers the world.  Deep in the tropical rain forest of Cross River State, Obudu and the Ranch present an enchanting scenery of 22 and breathtaking U-bends. With a temperate climate in the tropics with temperatures between 80C and 210C all year round is equipped with modern facilities like an International Hotel, and airstrip, a 9-hole golf course, nature reserve, 5 lane/70 m long slide Water Park and is equipped with a 4.2km long Cable Car(longest in Africa) and a 70m long canopy walkway suspended above the forest floor (longest in West Africa) . The resort is about 40 minutes away by air from both Calabar and Abuja.  While the road journey from Calabar is approximately 4.30 minutes , the road journey from Abuja is about 5-hours.

  1. A. U. Udoh says:

    From far away Turkey, my family and I, are wishing my country people, merry christmas and a very happy new year and beyond.

    We are always with you.


  2. UDUAK ALBERT says:

    how does this mountain race positively affect the average or poor masses of Nigeria,C.R.S. Obanliku or even the small Villages UP that hill were the resort is when every year the prizes are been won by outsiders whats there to rejoice about when the youths are not carried along. at times the don’t even know about it until during or after the event.
    Furthermore, as a way forward so that we can grow as a state and a country even as individuals we try and work with the minister for youth and sport,the commissioner for youth and sport should mobilize interested youths from the national, state level, local government and even the local community level to be going there for constant practice from to time to time so that before the actual date our people are already prepared and ready for the race.THANK YOU!!!

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