Ile-Ife Heritage Marathon

, Nigeria

31 Jan 2021 (Sun)



Join Ile-Ife Heritage Marathon 2021

Welcome to the 4th edition of the Ile-Ife Heritage Marathon in Ile-Ife, Nigeria. Ife, as the town is often called, is an ancient Yoruba town in south-western Nigeria and located about 218 kilometres northeast of Lagos. The town is said to be the oldest Yoruba town and dates back to around 500 B.C. 

Ife is the town where the Yorubas believe their civilization began as well as the location where the gods descended to earth. The name, Ile Ife, literally means place of dispersion. According to Yoruba tradition, Ife was founded by the deities Oduduwa and Obatala when they created the world. Obatala fashioned the first humans out of clay while Oduduwa became the first divine king of the Yoruba people. - See more at:

The IHM was born out of a desire to showcase to the world, the rich cultural heritage of the Yorubas.

The Yorubas are an ethnic group of southwestern and North-central Nigeria as well as southern and central Republic of Benin, together known as Yorubaland. According to CIA Worldfactbook, they constitute over 40 million people in total and the majority of this population is from Nigeria. 

The course of this marathon has therefore been deliberately designed to read like a must-see list of Ife's most alluring attractions!

Ditch your travel guide and let your fellow runners be your tour guides.

Runners will set out for the 42.195km tour of Ancient Ife from the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), and end at a Royal Medal Reception in the Palace of the King of Ile-Ife who is traditionally called the Ooni.

The Ooni stool is highly revered and exalted so it will be a unique experience to receive finisher's medals on the palace grounds that hold so much history and cultural importance!

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Route map

directions_runStart Address: Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria

flagFinish Address: Ooni of Ife's Palace, Ife, Nigeria

Ile-Ife Heritage Marathon Route Map


Registration closes on 26 January (121 days left)

Early bird discount until 31 December, 2020


42.20 Km

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Included in the fee

Running Bib

Refreshment Along the marathon course

Security Services

Medical Services

Finisher Medals

Finisher Technical T/Shirts

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The Obafemi Awolowo University Conference Centre, Ile-Ife is the recommended hotel for the Event. A standard room costs NGN 11,500 per night.

After Race Services

There will be refreshment and entertainment at the Finish Area

Age Limit

There is a minimum age of 18 years for participants

Aid Stations

There will be refreshment  stations at KM 5 and every other 3 km thereafter.

Award Medals

All Finishers will receive a Finsher Medal and a Finisher T/Shirt

Equipment Storage

Baggage can be checked in at the Start Area  and collected at the Finish Area

Maximum Time

The maximum time is 7hours. There shall be no support on the race course after 1pm


Vehicles can be parked at the Student Union Carpark

Provided Photo Service

There will be race photographers at the Start Area, Finish Area and along the course.

Race Kit Includes

The Race Kit will include a Running Bib 


Water, Lucozade Sports Drinks and tropical fruits will be provided along the course.Light meal and drink will be provided at the Finish Area


Timing shall be manually conducted by Race Officials


There shall be transportation to convey runners from Lagos to Ile-Ife and back to Lagos on Friday 29/01/2021 and Tuesday 02/02/2021 for a fee.



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