The epic story of Africa's most grueling mountain race, and the local athletes who risk all for glory. The winners will achieve lifelong fame, but nearly half of all runners will quit the race, conquered by Mt. Cameroon.


Steve Dorst
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Cast overview:
Sarah Etonge Sarah Etonge ... Self
John Ekema John Ekema ... Self
Max Mwambo Max Mwambo ... Self
Pierrot Talla Pierrot Talla ... Self
Walters Ekonde Walters Ekonde ... Self
Bart VanDoorne Bart VanDoorne ... Self
Dominique Tedjozem Dominique Tedjozem ... Self
Catherine Ngwang Catherine Ngwang ... Self
Foma Su Foma Su ... Self
Mbella Moki Mbella Moki ... Self


The sleepy town of Buea in the Southwest Province of Cameroon hosts Africa's most grueling footrace: the Mt. Cameroon Race of Hope, a marathon-length sprint 10,000 feet up a live volcano, and back down again. To conquer the mountain, racers must overcome some of the cruelest conditions in sport: temperatures fluctuate 50 degrees, altitude sickness claims the weak, and loose volcanic stones can cause serious injury, and even death, as runners fly back down the mountain. Volcanic Sprint takes you deep inside the lives of athletes like Sarah Etonge, a five-time champion and mother of seven known as the Queen of the Mountain. Just days before the race, Sarah is haunted by a nagging knee injury and the strain of a hospitalized child. Sarah needs the money she earns from racing to support her children and the Race of Hope is the biggest purse in Cameroon. For these competitors, Mt. Cameroon isn't just a race. It's their best shot at achieving fame and fortune in a country short on both. For... Written by Steve Dorst

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The epic story of Africa's most grueling mountain race, and the local athletes who risk all for glory.




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Great documentary!
13 November 2019 | by t-thomasevansSee all my reviews

Great documentary! They capture the lives of so many of the people that depend on this race to sustain their livelihood and family. Well done!

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28 July 2007 (USA) See more »

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Dolby SR



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1.33 : 1
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