A Marathon Week Full of African Adventures

Thursday

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Thursday January 30, 2020

Runners  and  Supporters  arrive  Lagos  Nigeria  via  Murtala  Mohammed  International  Airport after 12 noon    and check into the hotel.

Estimated  cost  of  the  recommended  Lagos  hotel  is $70  per  night  including  breakfast!

Friday

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Friday January 31 , 2020

Runners and Supporters leave Lagos for Ile -Ife via Osogbo where we will visit the Osun Osogbo Sacred Grove, a UNESCO World Heritage site. 

http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1118

Thereafter we will visit Nike Centre for Arts and culture, where the birth of contemporary African art was heralded. Get ready to get lost to the beats of traditional drummers and dancers before settling down to a sumptuous meal. (Cost of lunch estimated at $10)

http://www.nikeart.com/

 

6pm to 8pm Race Pick Up


Saturday

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Saturday February 1, 2020

6am:   An organized 5km run (optional)

9am to 10am: Pick Up Race Bags, tour the marathon route and visit the National Museum, Ile-Ife

2pm: Late lunch at the Ooni’s Palace

6pm: Free Time

6pm to 8pm: Race Pick Up



Sunday

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Sunday February 2. 2020  5:45  am: 

Race Starts  on  the  Sports  grounds  of  the  OAU  campus  and  winds  through  the  beautiful  University  Campus  and  ancient  city  of  Ile-Ife  bringing  “gown  and  town” together.  The  race  ends  at  the  Ooni of  Ife’s  Palace!

Monday

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Monday February 3. 2020

Option  1.    Depart  Ile-Ife  and  fly  back  home

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Option  2.  Continue to Ikogosi Ekiti where lies the meeting point of a Warm Spring and a Cold Spring. http://ikogosiresort.net/

The day will be spent in this rural western Nigerian village where you will be once again in touch with nature in the form of rolling hills and lush green vegetation. Don't forget your swimming gear so you can soak yourself in the warm pool fed directly by the warm spring claimed to have therapeutic properties.


Tuesday

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Tuesday February 4. 2020

10am: Check out from the resort and head back for Lagos with a stopover at Olumirin Waterfalls in Erin Ijesha. The seven level waterfalls is a beauty to behold. Come with your hiking gear or just get wet from the splashes of the falls. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Erin-Ijesha_Waterfalls



Add West African Marathons to your Experience

Republic of Benin

Wednesday  February  5,  2020

Take  the  30  minute  flight  to  Cotonou, Capital  of  the  Republic  of  Benin  either  by  Asky  Airline  or  ComAir.

Stay  the  night  in  the  Capital  City!

Thursday  February  6,  2020

Morning  -  Visit  neighboring  towns  of  Ouidah,  Vodoun  Temple,  Slaves’  path  (Porte  du  Non  Retour)    and  nice  sunshine  beach  with  fishermen  in  activities.....

Evening  -  Visit  Ganvie  from  where the  130   km  drive  to  Abomey  will  commence. Stay  the  night  at  Abomey. 

Friday  February  7  2020

Morning  -  Visit  the  King  of  Dahomey’s  Palace.

Afternoon  -  Drive  300  km  to  Parakou  and  join  the  Pasta  party!


Saturday    February  8,  2020

Race  Day

-  Full  Marathon  42.195  km

-   Half  Marathon  21.100 km

-  Fun  Race 10 km

-  Fun  Race  5 km

Sunday  February  9, 2020

Depart  Parakou  by  Taxi/Bus  for  Cotonou  and  fly  back  home via  Cotonou  International  Airport.

Total  cost  for  the  Parakou  Marathon  adventure  from  pick up  at  the  Cotonou  airport  to  drop  off  at  the  Cotonou  airport  with  all  fees  included  (travel  -  hotels  -  visits -  classic  meals)  will  be  advised  by  the  Race  Director  Guillaume  Kambounon

Cell:  +229   973  7940

Email:  petitguill@yahoo.fr

Web:  www.marathon-salesmen.fr


Learn about the Yorubas

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Learn more about the History and Traditions of the Yorubas before you embark!  Check out our link below:


http://www.blackpast.org/aah/ile-ife-ca-500-b-c-e#sthash.G86p2MZ4.dpuf