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 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.
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)
6pm to 8pm Race Pick Up
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 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 February 3. 2020
Option 1. Depart Ile-Ife and fly back home
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 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
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
- 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