Ile-Ife Heritage Marathon

Ife, Nigeria

02 Feb 2025 (Sun)


Marathon, Half marathon, 10 km, 5 km

Ile-Ife Heritage Marathon

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In 2018, the Ile-Ife Heritage Marathon was founded with the hope of building an event for the entire ancient city of Ile-Ife. For the past 5 years, runners, volunteers, spectators and community members have shown up on the streets of Ile-Ife to support one another and to turn an individual sport into a collective experience.

We hope to once again line 42.195km of our streets for the Seventh Edition on February 2, of 2025. The satisfaction of everyone participating in and supporting the event remain our highest priority. In response to the general clamour for shorter distances to encourage inclusiveness, the event organizers have come to a decision to include the 21.1 km, 10km and 5km distances to our event. On a personal note to the runners who have kept our race going for the past six years, we want to thank you for all the kilometres, for your loyalty and for your spirit. The Ile-Ife Heritage Marathon has always been your race and with your continued commitment to the sport, we will continue to be of service to our worldwide community.

We are returning to the streets of Ile-Ife with a big bang after our one year break to restrategize. Our return will still be a celebratory moment and an uncompromising statement about the collective spirit of who we are as a running community. We are powerful, we are persistent and we will reach the finish line.

We will add the additional distances of 10km and 21.1km runs and 5km fun walk to our usual 42.195km in the 2024 Seventh Edition. We announce with great pleasure that we will once again be able to run an official 42.195km from Obafemi Awolowo University Campus to the the ancient town of Ile-Ife.

20% of entry fees will be shared equally between the Osun State Branch of the Nigerian RedCross Society, the OAU Unit of the Man O War,  the Plogging Club of OAU and  Sunshine Primary School.

The RedCross Society in its national and international capacity prevents and alleviates human suffering. The Man O War teaches and instills disciplin. The Plogging Club is a Volunteering Platform and We believe education is critical for our collective future success.

Join the Ile-Ife Heritage Marathon team to support these noble organizations by signing up to run with us on the 2nd of February, 2024.

Registration Fees will include

✅ A chance to support the Osun State Branch of the Nigerian RedCross.

✅ A chance to support the OAU unit of Man O War.

✅ A chance to support the Plogging Club

✅ A chance to support education.
✅ A Running Bib for the 5Km, 10km, 21.1km and 42.2km participants.
✅ A Finishers Medal for all the 5Km, 10km, 21.1km and 42.2km Finishers.

✅ A Finisher T Shirt for the 10km, 21.1km and 42.2km Finishers. 
✅ A Finishers Certificate for all the the 10km, 21.1km and 42.2km Finishers.
✅ A Spot in the Finisher Gallery for all participants.

✅ Refreshment along the Event Route for all participants.

✅ Security and Safety along the Event Route

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Course details

Course profile
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Point to Point
100-999 Participants
Course highlights
1) The race starts at the Sports Centre Complex of the Obafemi Awolowo University creating an energetic atmosphere for participants. 2) Runners will traverse two loops of the popular and scenic University Rd 1, which connects the University Campus to the University Main Gate, providing a picturesque route. 3) Enjoy the architectural beauty of the faculties of Health Sciences, Pharmacy, and Technology buildings that line both sides of Rd 2, enhancing the visual appeal of the course. 4) Don't overlook the more recently constructed Post Graduate School and Museum on the same road, adding a cultural element to the marathon. 5) At the Rd 7 junction, veer off Rd 2 to explore the OAU International School and Moremi High School, providing a glimpse into the educational institutions within the campus. 6) Rd 7 takes you outside the campus briefly, where you'll embark on an out-and-back tour of the Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital, Complex offering a unique perspective on the university's healthcare facilities. 7) After the tour of the Teaching Hospital, you will return to Rd 2 to continue the race, promising a diverse and engaging marathon experience within the vibrant campus of Obafemi Awolowo University. 8) Rd 2 leads you through the Staff Quarters, offering a glimpse of the university's rich history and culture, including the Wole Soyinka Museum, the Vice Chancellor's Lodge, and charming buildings housing university staff. 9) The marathon route then takes a unique turn, leading you on a trail to explore the University Farm, giving participants a taste of the university's agricultural endeavors. 10) As you leave the farm behind, you'll enter the academic region and the student residential area, where the architecture of the campus shines through, showcasing the blend of modern and traditional designs that make the campus beautiful. 11) Finally, the journey culminates in the ancient city, where the grand finale awaits. The closing ceremony at the Resort will offer a regal and unforgettable conclusion to the Ile Ife Heritage Marathon, celebrating both the university's heritage and the grandeur of the ancient city.
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Start address: Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria

Finish address: Ife Grand Resort, Ife, Nigeria

Route map

Ile-Ife Heritage Marathon Route Map

What’s included

These are included in your entry
  • done Finisher medal info

  • done Goodie bag

  • done Finisher’s T-shirts info

  • done E-certificate/e-diploma info

  • done Photo Service

  • done Video Service

  • done Post-race meal

  • done Massage

  • done Parking

  • done Drink Stations info

  • done Nutrition Stations info

  • done Medical Assistance info

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Frequently asked questions

When and where can I collect my BIB/race pack?


You can collect your race pack at the Obafemi Awolowo University Sports Centre Complex

Can someone collect my race pack for me?


Yes, if you give the person a copy of your Identity card and an instruction letter

How do I get to the race location?


You can either travel down to Ile-Ife by driving or riding in a public transportation bus or you can join the bus provided by the organisers from Lagos to Ile-Ife for a fee.

Can I change the distance after I purchase a ticket?


No, that will not be possible

What is the cancelation/refund policy for this event?


Registration Fees are only refundable on World Marathon website within 24Hours of registration

Ile-Ife Heritage Marathon

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