Race Information about Onitsha City Marathon

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How to Register

Registration for the Onitsha City Marathon is Free and available ONLINE.

21km Marathon

– Start Time – Elites 6.00am, Mass: 6:30am.

Local Participants – Free

Elites - Free

Online Registration
To register click on the registration link below.

Rules and Regulations
All participants must agree to the following rules and regulations in order to proceed.

Rules and Regulations
The following rules and regulations apply to all entrants.
The official entry form must be fully completed by each intending participant.
The Onitsha City Marathon is organized in accordance with the rules and regulations of the AFN, and all participants must agree to abide by these rules and regulations and comply with all reasonable directions and decisions made by the officials and representatives of the AFN.
Whilst every reasonable precaution will be taken by the organizers to ensure the participants’ safety, participants run at their own risk and the organizers shall not be liable for any loss and/or damage whether personal or otherwise and howsoever arising. All participants accept responsibility for travel and medical insurance and for payment and/or reimbursement of any medical/surgical expenses incurred.
There is an official three hour finish time limit for the Marathon with the police and medical support. Any remaining participants after the three-hour limit will be requested to run on the side of road.
In accordance with the rules and regulations of the AFN, a runner must retire from the race immediately when requested to do so by any member of the Referee or official medical staff.
There will be no refund or transfer of participation for participants who do not take part.
The organizers reserve the right to limit and refuse any entries.
Proceed to registration 


21km Marathon

18 years and over – Start Time – Elites 6.00am, Mass: 6:30am

Local Participants – 5,000 Naira

International Participants 130 USD


Start & Finish
The start of the Marathon will be in front of Onitsha Shopping Mall and the finish will be at the Chuba Ikpeazu Stadium beside Obi of Onitsha’s Palace, Awka Road Onitsha Anambra State, Nigeria.

Start Times
Half Marathon – Elites 6.00am, Mass: 6:30am

Getting to the Start
Participants driving are advised to park their vehicles at the All Saints Cathedral field or at Ezechima Nursery and Primary School field as most roads around the start area will be closed. Attempts to drive to the areas may cause congestion and delays and violators may be sanctioned. Participants are advised to come 90 minutes before start time to avoid any rush or delays.

Awards (Medals and Certificates)
All finishers of the marathon will receive medals and certificates.

Run Number Collection
Run Numbers must be collected on the following @ Chuba Ikpeazu Stadium beside Obi of Onitsha’s Palace, Awka Road Onitsha Anambra State, Nigeria.
Dates for collection of Running Numbers @ Chuba Ikpeazu Stadium beside Obi of Onitsha’s Palace, Awka Road Onitsha Anambra State, Nigeria shall be announced shortly.
PLEASE NOTE: Everyone is advised to collect their own run number in person and provide proof of identity.
If you are having difficulty collecting your own run number we are allowing you to designate another person to collect on your behalf. In order to do this, the person collecting on your behalf must have a printout of the final confirmation letter you will receive by e-mail. They must have proof of their identity in order to do this.

T/Shirts, Medals and Certificates
Marathon – All marathon participants will receive an official race t/shirt, a finisher’s medal and downloadable finisher’s certificate

Race Day Temperature
The temperature will be approximately-

Race Timing
The race will be timed using the electronic timing system. Chips/Tags will be attached to the race bib number you will receive in your race pack. Do not remove this tag from your bib number. No Tag attached. No Time.

Water and Drink Stations
Water Stations will be provided every 2.5km, 5km, 7.5km, 10km, 12.5km, 15km, 17.5km, 20km and at the finish.

Toilets will be provided after the following stations on the Marathon route: 5km, 10km, 15km, 20km and at the finish.

An Ambulance and medical station will be available approximately 200 meters after each main drink station on the Marathon route at 5km, 10km, 15km, 20km and at the finish.
Live bands and a selection of other activities will be available at the Marathon Finish point throughout the day to entertain the participants and spectators. Food and Beverage facilities will also be available at the Marathon Finish point.


21km Marathon Route Map 

Site Map

Race Pack Collection Location Map Chuba Ikpeazu Stadium beside Obi of Onitsha’s Palace, Awka Road Onitsha Anambra State, Nigeria.                                  

Detailed Route Map

The Marathon Course 


Medical Problems

Discuss any medical problems with your general practitioner (GP). This advice supplements anything he or she says. See your GP if you have a problem that makes it a risk to run in a marathon. We are happy for people with serious medical conditions to run, but only with your GP’s agreement and if you send details of your condition and the treatment you are undergoing. Please send these to me and quote your running number when you know it. Address the envelope to the Marathon Office, mark it ‘Confidential’ and send it to:-

Onitsha City Marathon Office, 19a Regina Nwankwu Avenue Onitsha, Anambra State, Nigeria.

If you have a medical problem that may lead to you having a blackout, such as fits or diabetes, put a cross on the front of your number and write the details, especially your medication, on the reverse of the number. 

Cardiac Events & Screening

Runners may very well be unaware when they have a heart problem. Their condition would have been detected if medical advice had been sought and relevant tests carried out. A ‘fitness test’ is not sufficient to detect these problems. If you have a family history of heart disease or sudden death, or you have symptoms of heart disease i.e. chest pain or discomfort on exertion, sudden shortness of breath or rapid palpitations, see your GP who can arrange for you to have a proper cardiac assessment. Such an assessment may not be instantly available, but continuing to run with these symptoms may shorten your running career catastrophically!


Muscular aches and pains occur most commonly after an increase in training. Training should be increased gradually so that you do not suffer prolonged exhaustion and intersperse days of heavy mileage with one or two days of lighter training, so that your body can replace its fuel (muscle glycogen). Rest days are also important.

If you have flu, a feverish cold or a tummy bug, do not train until you have fully recovered. Then start gently and build up gradually. Do not attempt to catch up on lost mileage after illness or injury – this may cause further damage or illness. To reduce injury risk, train on soft surfaces when you can, especially on easy training days. Vary routes, do not always use the same shoes and run on differing cambers, hills, etc. Always face oncoming traffic, especially in the dark.

PLEASE NOTE: If you cannot run 15 miles comfortably one month before the marathon, you will not manage it in safety or enjoy it.

Please do not run on this occasion.


Fluids lost in sweat must be replaced otherwise your body becomes dehydrated and less efficient. Alcoholic drinks are dehydrating. A pint of beer produces more than a pint of urine; spirits have a worse effect. Take plenty of non-alcoholic drinks, especially before the race and in hot weather. Thirst is a poor guide to how much you need. Drink enough to keep your urine copious and a pale straw colour. Drink plenty of liquids after training, especially long runs, and drink during races, especially in the first half of a marathon. Practice drinking during longer training runs. Drink plenty of fluids and reduce alcohol intake in the two days before the race.


Eat what suits you! Large doses of supplementary vitamins and minerals (such as iron) are not essential and produce no benefit if you are on a good mixed diet, but additional vitamin C in small doses is reasonable when fresh fruit and vegetables are in short supply.

Training helps you to sustain a high level of muscle glycogen if you eat a lot of carbohydrate. If you can, eat within two hours of your long runs and the marathon. This helps replace the muscle glycogen quickly and speeds recovery.

Carbo Loading

Do not change your normal diet drastically in the last week before the marathon, but decrease your intake of protein (meat) and increase your intake of carbohydrate (pasta, bread, potatoes, cereals, rice and sweet things), especially for the last three days when you should also be markedly reducing your training. This loads the muscle with glycogen. Unless you reduce your protein intake you will not eat enough carbohydrate. (Not all runners are helped by first depleting carbohydrate with a long run and low carbo diet and then loading – this can make your muscles very heavy).


When training in the dark, be seen. Wear white clothing and reflective flashes or bandoliers.

Many runners seek medical treatment for blisters at the start. They had either been training too hard in the final two weeks with ill-fitting shoes, or they had worn a new pair of shoes for the last long training run. Use shoes you know from experience will not give you blisters.

On The Day

Do not run if you feel unwell or have just been unwell, even if you are raising money for charity. Most medical emergencies occur in people who have been unwell but do not wish to miss the event. If you feel feverish, have been vomiting, have had severe diarrhoea or any chest pains, or otherwise feel unwell, it is unfair to you, your family, your sponsoring charity and the marathon support staff to risk serious illness and become a medical emergency. You are unlikely to do yourself justice. There are many other marathons.

If it is hot, wear loose mesh clothing, start slowly and, if possible, run in the shade. Start the race well hydrated (urine looks pale) and drink whenever you can, especially in the first half of the race when you may not feel thirsty, as you lose a lot of fluid insensibly. This will help you feel better late in the race and may prevent cramp. Cramp is most common in runners who have not trained sufficiently or are dehydrated. Do not gulp large volumes of liquid during or after the race. It is possible to become ill from drinking too much, too quickly.

At The Finish

Do not stand about getting cold. Keep walking, especially if you feel dizzy, and drinking to replace lost liquid. Go to the baggage area as soon as you can, use the baggage system, change into warm, dry clothing, and then go to the reunion area.

Keep on drinking and have something to eat. Some runners feel faint more than half-an-hour after finishing the race, often because they have taken insufficient fluid at the finish and/or not eaten anything.

And Finally…

Train sensibly. Follow this simple advice and you will probably not need medical aid. Medical aid posts are located about 50-100 m past the main drink stations and after the finish line. If you drop out, go to an aid station.

Keep this advice and refer to it nearer the day and on marathon eve.


Volunteers interested in participating have the opportunity to offer their services on the day of the Race and during the preparation period of the event.

Volunteering is a unique life experience that is rewarding for everyone without exception. Volunteers’ talents, enthusiasm and time are priceless because of their impact and contribution to the success of this unique athletic event.


1. ONITSHA CITY MARATHON 2019 volunteer is considered the person who has submitted the online application and has received the message of volunteer opportunity placement.

2. Upon submission of the application, every volunteer fully accepts all of the following terms

a. In principle, adults are eligible ONITSHA CITY MARATHON volunteer

b. During the volunteer opportunity on the day of the event, all volunteers:

     Are wearing the volunteer T-shirt and the anorak above all personal clothing so that the logo "volunteer" is apparent and they are distinct and recognisable by runners and spectators

     Are wearing the accreditation card above all clothing, clearly visible. Each card defines area and place of volunteer opportunity

     Are presented on time to the opportunity assigned and in no case, do they change position, area or opportunity on their own, on the day of the event. Any change or substitution is implemented only in consultation with the Volunteer Programme

     Follow and comply with the directions of the station's team leader

     Sign out the attendance list at the end of the race before departing. Kindly note that lack of sign out signature, is considered absence regardless of the specific time of departure

     Inform the team leader for absence or delay in arrival/check in time, as soon as possible. If the team leader does not respond they must call the Volunteer Desk

c. During the volunteer opportunity at the preparation and registration center

 Are wearing the clothing (t-shirt) defined by the registration center supervisor depending on the position of the opportunity

 Are presented on time at the opportunity place and they do not change on their own at any time, time or place of shift

 Follow the directions provided by their leader or the supervisor, sign in and out and inform asap in case of delay in arrival or absence

d. Collection of clothing and accreditation upon presentation of origin ID/passport/driving license. Any other person may collect on behalf of the volunteer the above, as long as the Volunteer Desk has received relevant e-mail.

e. Every accreditation is personal, non-transferable and only for the presence of the owner-volunteer at the specified area

f. In case of absence the accreditation card is returned to the Volunteer Desk and the new volunteer is issued his own accreditation card

g. Volunteers who exchange cards, or if using someone else’s card, then both will be expelled from the programme

h. In case of absence on the day of the event, volunteer must inform team leader as soon as possible. In case of absence without (prior) notification, the volunteer will be excluded from the next event. In the case of not returning clothing and accreditation, the volunteer will be excluded from the programme.

i. The material managed by volunteers during their opportunity, especially at the water stations and the medal station, belongs to ONITSHA CITY MARATHON and is distributed according to the directions of the team leader. Distribution of the above material to just anyone, use of it by people beyond the runners is prohibited

j. Certificate of participation is issued to every volunteer who completes successfully the opportunity and signed out before leaving the station’s attendance sheet. In case of double opportunity/placement, volunteers must sign out both. The certificate is posted on the official page of VOLUNTEERS, ten working days after the end of the event.

k. General introductory training is obligatory to all the volunteers participating.

l. Given the time schedule of the volunteer opportunity, it is incompatible to simultaneously apply for running and volunteering. If found, the volunteer application will be cancelled without prior notice or information.

m. The organizing committee may set morning and afternoon shift wherever necessary in the case that the station’s duration of operation is longer than 7 hours.

3. Re placement, the Organising Committee retains the right at any moment during the event to not place the volunteer or the group to the opportunity noted in the application, given that the first concern is primarily to rationally allocate the volunteers according to the needs of the races and the runners. Then, on a second phase, allocation of the volunteers’ positioning is implemented according to the desire noted in the application. However, the OC may ask a volunteer to depart from the event without any further explanation.

4. Participation in the Volunteer Programme does not consist in any way under payment provision of work relationship nor can it justify any payment claim, it solely refers to the provision of volunteer services in terms of successfully satisfying the scopes of the event.

Volunteer Opportunities

• Medical

• Pre-race

• Race Day: Transportation

• Race Day: Start Area

• Race Day: Course Marshal

• Race Day: Fluid Stations

• Race Day: Finish Area

A full list of roles and information on each role will be available soon.

To register your interest in volunteering before the roles open for registration, email us at volunteer@onitshacitymarathon.com



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