The town is planning feverishly to host the multiple marathoners who would be gracing the occasion. These include Professor Klaus Wesphal – a professor of Medicine – from Germany. He once held the record of running marathons in the most number of countries in the world. He is planning to include Nigeria as one of his trophies.
Also expected are marathoners from Belgium, Netherlands, Isreal, United States of America amongst others. Many Nigeria social marathoners – male and female – would also be participating in the epoch-making event.
The 42.195km marathon would take participants through the various beautiful scenes in Ile-Ife. This includes a 20km run within the Obafemi Awolowo University and Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospitals Complex , Ile-Ife Campus.
Runners will be expected to run through the eyes of the early morning Ife fog, sight the rising of the sun and the morning rise of the largest colony of bats in Africa.
The last 22.195km will take runners through the town of Ile-Ife. Runners will sight the beautiful Grand Ife resort, Oranmiyan Towers, the famous bronze head known as Ori-Olokun (the original is in a British Museum) and the 42 feet tall Moremi Statue.
The race starts after the third dailycock crow – 5:30am and ends at the royal grounds of the Enuwa Palace of the Ooni of Ife.
All runners will sight the Imperial Majesty, Ooni of Ife, dressed in his most magnificent royal apparel waving a welcome to all participants who finish the race.
Registered participants will also have the priviledge to lunch with the Imperial Majesty a day before the marathon starts.