532 athletes will embark on the conquest of Mount Cameroon this Saturday in Buea, the chief city in the South West region. For most of the participants, the dream of succeeding Yvonne Ngwaya and Godlove Gabsibuin, winners in 2015 respectively in the women and men domains by covering the 4100 meters will be a timeless achievement. 495 Cameroonian athletes will challenge a total 37 foreigners among them some formidable Kenyans. Originally scheduled for February 20, the 21th edition of the Race of Hope was postponed for a week to allow the organizing committee to finalized arrangements for the great event.
The Secretary General of the Cameroon Athletics Federation, Charles Kouoh Kotte told the world that all was now set for the Race of Hope. The return of the main sponsor, Guinness Cameroun in the last three editions has increased the bonus jackpot. Thus, the winners in senior ladies and gentlemen now bank 10 million CFA francs each as against a miserable 3 million CFA francs in the previous years. The second positions will go home with the sum of 5 million FCFA -a three million increase from the 2 million FCFA in the past.