Mount Cameroon Race

(redirected from Mount Cameroon Race of Hope)
Also found in: Wikipedia.

Mount Cameroon Race

Last Sunday in January
The annual "mad race" requires athletes to run up and down Mt. Cameroon (13,353 ft.) in the central African country of Cameroon. The race is the most difficult in Africa; the course is so steep that runners have to carry poles, and temperatures can vary from a humid 80 degrees F. at the start of the race to freezing at the summit. On the night before the race, local people make sacrifices to appease the mountain spirits. Thousands of spectators watch the race, in which about 250 runners usually participate; the winner's time can be under four hours.
CONTACTS:
Cameroon Embassy
2349 Massachusetts Ave. N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20008
202-265-8790; fax: 202-387-3826
www.ambacam-usa.org
References in periodicals archive ?
As the mount Cameroon Race of Hope is concerned, only one study was found in literature and aimed to assess the effects of sickle cell traits on athletes' performance [9].
However, this information database is of great interest, and to the best of our knowledge, it is the first time that data are collected for scientific investigations in the course of the Mount Cameroon Race of Hope which has the peculiarity of acutely taking the athletes up an down the mountain, in the shortest length of time.