Quick facts

Location Ile-Ife, Nigeria

Distance Marathon

Date 02 February, 2020

About ILE-IFE HERITAGE MARATHON  (Local Registration)

Welcome to the 3rd edition of the Ile-Ife Heritage Marathon in 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 town 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!



  • 42.195km


  • 42.195km

Marathon - NGN 22,500 till January 31, 2019

  • 42.195km

Student - NGN 12,500 till January 31, 2019

  • 42.195km

Marathon - NGN 20,000 till August 31, 2019

  • 42.195km

Student - NGN 8,000 till August 31, 2019

  • 42.195km



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 no minimum age for participants

Aid Stations

There will be water stations at KM 5 and every other 3km 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 31/1/20 and Monday 3/2/20 for a fee.

ILE-IFE HERITAGE MARATHON  (Local Registration) Route Map

ILE-IFE HERITAGE MARATHON  (Local Registration) Route Map

Reviews (2)

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Dami Osude

Dami Osude

Reviewed 03 April, 2019

The ile-ife Heritage Marathon marked the second time i would be attempting a full marathon. The race was very well organized and not crowded which gave me the opportunity to interact with many inspira...


Eyenike Roseline

Eyenike Roseline

Reviewed 06 February, 2019


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220005, Ile-Ife, Nigeria


Ooni of Ife's Palace, Ife, Nigeria

The race information has been found on the official website of the event or through publicly available sources. Always refer to the official website the latest race information. Please let us know if any data is wrong or missing, by emailing us.