This year’s edition has been turned into a virtual event
Ile-Ife Heritage Marathon NOW VIRTUAL
31 Jan 2021 (Sun)
Join Ile-Ife Heritage Marathon NOW VIRTUAL
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 3 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.
While we had hoped to once again line 42.195km of our streets in January of 2021, the health and safety of everyone participating in and supporting the event is our highest priority. In response to the ongoing public health concerns brought on by the coronavirus pandemic, the event organizers have had to reluctantly announce the decision to convert the 2021 Edition of the Ile-Ife Heritage Marathon to a virtual event.
In light of this decision, registered runners for the 2021 event will have the option to receive a refund for their race entry or to defer their place and entry fee to the 2022 edition of the Ile-Ife Heritage Marathon.
On a personal note to the runners who have kept our race going for the past three 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 rise again.
The world is running an unfamiliar marathon right now, with an uncertain finish line, and every runner knows that it takes patience, resilience and determination to keep going. When we finally return to the streets of Ile-Ife, it will 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 again.
We have introduced the additional distances of 10km and 21.1km to our usual 42.195km in the 2021Edition. It gives me great pleasure that I will finally be able to run an official 42.195km on the marathon route, perhaps a few runners might want to join me.
20% of each entry fee will be donated to the Osun State Branch of the Nigerian RedCross Society and the Obafemi Awolowo University Command of the Man O War Society. Both are remarkable humanitarian organizations.
The RedCross Society in its national and international capacity prevents and alleviates human suffering while the Man O War Society is a youth association using the challenges found in the environment to confront members for the purpose of developing the core values of courage, trust, integrity and compassion to others.
Join the Ile-Ife Heritage Marathon team to support the Osun Branch of the Nigerian RedCross and the Obafemi Awolowo University Command of the Man O War by signing up to run with us on the 31st of January, 2021.
Sign up, run anywhere in the world and upload your time to get:
✅ A chance to support the Osun State Branch of the Nigerian RedCross
✅ A chance to support the Obafemi Awolowo University Command of the Man O War
✅ An E- Running Bib
✅ A Finishers Medal
✅ A Finishers Certificate
✅ A spot in the finisher Gallery
✅ A slot on a Global Leaderboard
directions_runStart Address: Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria
flagFinish Address: Ooni of Ife's Palace, Ife, Nigeria
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
There is a minimum age of 18 years for participants
There will be refreshment stations at KM 5 and every other 3 km thereafter.
All Finishers will receive a Finsher Medal and a Finisher T/Shirt
Baggage can be checked in at the Start Area and collected at the Finish Area
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 and Souvenir
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.
Frequently asked questions
When and where can I collect my BIB/race pack?
You can collect your race pack at the Obafemi Awolowo University Conference Centre
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
Can I change the distance after I purchase a ticket?
no, that will not be possible
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.