The first edition of the Bali Rush International Marathon will take place in Bali Nyonga, Cameroon on Saturday, December 24th, 2011.
The marathon is part of the Rush Bali-Cameroon Sports festival organized by Rush FC Bali, Cameroon which will become an annual sports event in Bali Nyonga Cameroon. It will be organized at the end of every year. Rush FC Bali Cameroon is a DII Football Club in Bali Nyonga, Cameroon. It is the official Cameroon partner of the largest youth soccer organization, Rush Soccer which is based in Littleton, Colorado, USA.
The Rush Bali Cameroon Sports Festival will consist of the Bali Rush International Marathon and the Rush Bali Football Tournament. The marathon will cover the distance from the Bali Government School Field to the Bali Koplab Water Project and back to the Bali Government School Field. The exact distance is still to be determined by Rush staff members who are currently working on the ground in Bali. The winner of the marathon will take home the sum of 250.000 CFA frs. There are stringent conditions to participate in the marathon. These include age restrictions, waivers of liability and a medical clearance, among others.
The Rush Bali Football Tournament will include NW DII Football Clubs like Rush FC Bali, Mankon United FC, America For Africa FC, Nkwen FC and Rainbow FC. There are two open spots for inter-quarter football clubs in Bali. Lions of Conjah (now Rush FC Bali Junior) has taken one of the spots. The other inter-quarter team is still to be determined. The winner will also take home the sum of 250.000 CFA frs. Transportation will be provided to all the teams during the tournament.
December is already a festive period in Bali Nyonga, Cameroon with the organization of the annual 'Lela' traditional dance. The annual Rush Bali-Cameroon Sports Festival is expected to attract even more people to Bali Nyonga every December. Because Rush has as mission the fight against poverty, the eventual financial contribution of these tourists to the local economy in Bali Nyonga cannot be over-emphasized.