UNDERSTANDING MOUNT CAMEROON RACE OF HOPE

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In 1972, a group of tourists from France and Britain; Charput, Michon and Fischer, who resided and worked in Cameroon, alongside their children, visited the Buea Mountain. One of them worked as the General Manager of Guinness Cameroon. These tourists were accompanied to the mountain by guides and porters amongst them Amos Evambe who won the race in 1975. On their way back, they promised their children that whoever first reached the town will have a price and the children became so happy and went down the Mountain with much zeal than before. When they arrived, they got their prices and the next day, they invited the porters for a dinna at Buea Mountain Hotel and discussed with them if this could be a good initiative. The race was named the Guinness Mount Cameroon Race. The show took place at BTTC field in Buea (now known as BHS). The first ever race run had as starting and finishing point the BTTC field. In 1973, officials of Guinness met government for authorisation to organise the race. Government granted the request on condition that the race takes place on March 10, 1973, so as to spice the first ever Agric Show which was inaugurated by late President Ahmadou Ahidjo, in Buea. Eventually, due to limited space, the venue of the race was moved to about 400 meters from the Agric Show ground to the tourism office. As time went on, the number of contestants kept increasing. The race was again moved from the tourism office to the old stadium at Buea Town. A few years later, due to some irregularities on the part of some runners who were alleged to have defaulted on some of the rules of the game, the race was then moved again to the Molyko Stadium. After honouring the wish of President Amadou Ahidjo to organise the race on March 10, the race found its favourite month to be February. Only in rare cases did the race take place in January. The first participants of this race did not get things easy. The environmental condition of the mountain was not suitable for them. There was also no road traced for the athletes to follow; they all had to follow the path of hunters. Trees were not felled to enable athletes have easy passage and the distance was too long as contestants were compelled to pass through bottle pick to the summit.

LCM Tours been talking about this extra-ordinary race of hope for the past years. Know how it all started. In 1972, a group of tourists from France and Britain; Charput, Michon and Fischer, who resided and worked in Cameroon, alongside their children, visited the Buea Mountain.
One of them worked as the General Manager of Guinness Cameroon. These tourists were accompanied to the mountain by guides and porters amongst them Amos Evambe who won the race in 1975.
On their way back, they promised their children that whoever first reached the town will have a price and the children became so happy and went down the Mountain with much zeal than before. When they arrived, they got their prices and the next day, they invited the porters for a dinna at Buea Mountain Hotel and discussed with them if this could be a good initiative.
The race was named the Guinness Mount Cameroon Race.
The show took place at BTTC field in Buea (now known as BHS). The first ever race run had as starting and finishing point the BTTC field.
In 1973, officials of Guinness met government for authorisation to organise the race. Government granted the request on condition that the race takes place on March 10, 1973, so as to spice the first ever Agric Show which was inaugurated by late President Ahmadou Ahidjo, in Buea.
Eventually, due to limited space, the venue of the race was moved to about 400 meters from the Agric Show ground to the tourism office. As time went on, the number of contestants kept increasing. The race was again moved from the tourism office to the old stadium at Buea Town. A few years later, due to some irregularities on the part of some runners who were alleged to have defaulted on some of the rules of the game, the race was then moved again to the Molyko Stadium.
After honouring the wish of President Amadou Ahidjo to organise the race on March 10, the race found its favourite month to be February. Only in rare cases did the race take place in January.
The first participants of this race did not get things easy. The environmental condition of the mountain was not suitable for them. There was also no road traced for the athletes to follow; they all had to follow the path of hunters. Trees were not felled to enable athletes have easy passage and the distance was too long as contestants were compelled to pass through bottle pick to the summit. LCM Tours  remain at your service.

 

 

 

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