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By NBF News

The total prize money for the 6th International Obudu Mountain Race has been increased by over $35,000 by the organisers of the event - regarded as the best mountain race in the world - following the introduction, this year, of the women's version of the African Nations Mountain Running Championship.

The total prize money previously $245,500 is now $278,000. The prize money for the first to the 10th positions for this year's race however remains the same with the winners in each gender category going home with $50,000 each while $20,000 and $9,000 respectively will go to the second and third placed finishers.

The prizes for 4th to 10th placed finishers in each category also remains at $4,500, $4,000, $3,000, $2,500, $2,000, $1,500 and $1,000 respectively.

The Chairman of the Local OrganiSing Committee, William Archibong, in a brief statement in Calabar, Cross River state, said, 'The increase in the total figure is necessitated by the addition this year of the female team version of the African Nations Mountain Running Championship. The prize money for this event is also the same for both the men and women.'

The African Championship attracts a prize money of $15,000 for first team position, $10,000 for second and $7,500 for third team position for both men and women.