On September 3rd, HART held the sister city race at the conclusion of its ten day surgical mission trip in Kuokum, Ghana. The race started approximate 5 kilometers outside of the village on the Gaoso-Bibiani Road and headed back north to the village center. Always to be outdone by our Ghanaian friends, they decided to make the course a bit longer. It wound up being 7 kilometers!
Being just north of the equator, the day was warm and very moist. But the sky was blue and the sun was shining. Many of the HART medical and volunteer team members ran this race with their newly found Ghanaian friends. As the photos attest, very few of our African runners had anything close to the semblance of a running shoe. This really was a “barefoot run in Africa!” What our friends lacked in proper running equipment was made up in sheer athletic prowess. All the top finishers were Ghanaians!
The award ceremony was held at the tribal chief’s residence where t-shirts and prize money was presented to the top ten finishing places for men and top finishing placed for women.