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Mount Cameroon race: 600 athletes for Mount Cameroon race Saturday

Douala, Cameroun - More than 600 athletes from eight countries will take part in the 2014 edition of Mount Cameroon race, called the 'Course de l'espoir Guinness', sports sources told PANA here Friday.

According to members of the Cameroonian athletics federation (FCA), there will be 20 foreign athletes -- seven women and 13 men from Kenya, France, USA, Eritrea, Morocco, Japan and Rwanda -- at the race.

The ascent to Mount Cameroon is done through long and difficult footpath.

The British explorer and writer, Richard Francis Burton, was the first to conquer the 4,100-metre height in 1861.

The first modern competition took place in 1973.

The Cameroonian athletics federation took over the organization of the race in 2005.

The winners of the senior men and women categories will each receive 10 million CFAF, as against the 1.5 million CFAF paid during the last edition.

The second and third runners up will receive 7 million and 3 million CFAF respectively.

Pana 15/02/2014