In 1973, 140 athletes contested. The first three were rewarded as follows: FCFA 30,000, 10 cartons of Guinness drinks, FCFA 20,000, eight cartons of drinks and FCFA 10,000 and six cartons of drinks, respectively. The compensatory prize was FCFA 500 and two cartons of drinks.
The following year, the prize increased to FCFA 60,000, FCFA 40,000 and FCFA 20,000 with the same number of cartons of drinks. These prizes were maintained up to 1978.
From 1978 to 1982, there was a temporary halt in the race.
Guinness Cameroon came back in 1982 with a new spirit, the prize was increased to FCFAS 500,000 to first athlete, FCFA 300,000 and FCFA 200,000 to the second and third respectively. However, the number of cartons of drinks and the compensatory prize were maintained.
As people realised that this could be an opportunity to make money, the number of athletes increased from 140 to 500. These athletes were divided as follows: Cameroon, 200; Africa, 150 and other continents 150.Women first entered the race in 1983.
From 1973 to 1985, two athletes were noticed for being the fasted in descending and ascending; Lekunze Leku and Mike Short, respectively. Eventually, the organisation of the race changed hands from Guinness Cameroon to the Ministry of Youth and Sport and was renamed the Mount Cameroon Race of Hope. Following this readjustment, the cash prize was increased to FCFA 3 million in 2008. Now Guinness has come back with 10,000,000cfa for each winner.