Sarah Etonge, who retired two years ago from the Mount Cameroon Race of Hope, will take part in this year’s edition of the competition.
The 55-year old athlete, popularly known as the Queen of the Mountain took part in the last test race organized in Buea on January 28, 2017 after completing the registration process for participation. She emerged second to Glory Gwellem in the test race.
Over 200 athletes took part in the test race which was overseen by Emmanuel Motomby Mbome, President of the National Athletics Federation, and Eteki Njoh, the federation’s Regional President.
The final test race which set the pace for the 22nd edition of the Mount Cameroon Race scheduled to take place on February 25, ended with Eric Bacham, Esembe Lyonga and Eric Fuatembeh occupying the first, second and third positions respectively in the male category.
The President of the National Athletics Federation told reporters that all has been put in place for a successful organization of the competition. While informing pressmen that various committees had already been created and put to work, the Motomby Mbome expressed optimism that this year’s race would be exceptional. He equally announced that issues related to budgeting for the event had all been sorted after the holding of several meetings.
The Regional President of South West Athletics Federation, Eteki Njoh was categorical that even though Guinness Cameroon stepped out of the race after their partnership expired, more fruitful partners had already expressed their desire to sponsor the event. Eteki told reporters that instead of running on the main day of the race, athletes in the ‘Veteran’ category will compete the eve of the main event.. This, he said, was one of the innovations adopted for this year’s edition of the annual competition which usually brings together participants from all over the world.