Thursday, 8 March 2012

The Mount Cameroon Race of Hope

Hey All! So excited to be able to put out another blog post. We've had some problems with our internet and just got it up and running after 2 weeks. The good news is that the new setup is considerably faster, so we will be able to update our blog more frequently, with more pictures and so forth! Well, here's the first of those updates- pictures of Buea's Mount Cameroon Race of Hope which was last month. This incredible 26.2 mile marathon straight up and down Mount Cameroon is an amazing race, a display of unbelievable mental toughness. As we watched it, we kept thinking of Hebrews 12:1-2 "Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the [b]author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God." (NASB) Hope this thought and these pics bring you encouragement.

The starting line.

The starting line.
Local flavor band.
Local Flavor Band
Military Band
Military Band
And they're off (1)
On Your Marks, Get Set...
And they're off (2)
Running up to Suppo
Running Up to Soppo, a neighborhood in Buea.
Where the road ends, and the trail begins.
Where the pavement ends.
Upper Farms
One of the most fit grey-haired men I've ever seen. He was doing the veteran's run, just a half marathon, up and down.
Reaching the stadium
Coming back, this guy has less than a 1000 yards to go!  Finish HARD!
Easy Running...
Wow, despite the pain, this guy was feeling pretty good about nearing the end.
Stay off the Track!
Look at two things... the expression on the runner's face, and the soldier clearing the track.
The Winning Woman
The winning woman. She finished in under 5 hours. Amazing. It rained by the way... turning the trail into a cold, muddy, slippery, dangerous slide.
Run with me!
Sometimes you just need a friend or a coach to come alongside you and run. Kind of like the Christian race eh?

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