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Q. Is it too late to enter the 2019 Onitsha City Marathon?

A. No. You can still enter online through the link on the website.

Q. My friend/ family member is unable to run but has a place. Can I run using their entry?

A. Places in the Onitsha City Marathon are not transferable under any circumstances (see terms and conditions of entry). Anyone attempting to run using another person’s entry will be disqualified and banned for life from the Onitsha City Marathon.

Q. Can I change my start to be with my partner/friend/etc?

A. No. Unfortunately this is not possible. The number of runners on each start is carefully calculated and it is therefore not possible to move runners from one start to another. Please note there are marshals on each start to check that runners are on the correct start.


Q. Where do I collect my running number?

A. All runners must collect their running number and registration pack from the Onitsha City Marathon run number collection point. The venue shall be announced shortly.

Q. When is the Onitsha City Marathon Race Pack Collection?

A. Dates for collection of Running Numbers at Onitsha Business School shall be announced shortly.

Please note that the collection desks will shut promptly at the time and dates which will be announced shortly and it is not possible under any circumstances to collect running numbers after that time or on race day.

Q. What do I need to bring with me?

A. You must bring your final confirmation email plus valid ID with your photograph (eg valid passport or driving licence with photograph) with you to collect your running number. If your passport is out of date or you have an old-style driving licence with no photograph then please bring another form of photographic ID.

Q. What will happen if I don’t get to collection before the announced time for collection

A. Collection will close promptly at the time and dates which will be announced shortly and no running numbers will be issued after this time under any circumstances. We strongly suggest that you allow plenty of time to collect your running number. Failure to collect your running number means you will not be able to run in the 2019 Onitsha City Marathon.

Q. Can I arrange for someone else to collect my running number for me?

A. Yes. You can nominate someone to collect your running number for you. The person you nominate must have the following with them:

A copy of the final confirmation email sent to the participant they are collecting for.

The person collecting your number must have suitable photographic identification with them – Their passport or ID. They will sign on behalf of the participant. If these instructions are not followed, the running number will not be issued


Q. How do I know what to do on Race Day?

A. A Final Instructions email with full details of everything you need to know will be sent to you. This will include information about collecting your running number and registration pack, getting to the start and final preparations.

Q. What time does the race start?

A. 6.30am – Half Marathon (21km)

Q. What time do I need to get to the start?

A. We suggest you get to your allocated start at least one hour before the race begins. This will allow time for you to warm up and take your position in the starting pens.

Q. Where will water and drink stations be available during the race?

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

Q. Where are the toilets along the course?

A. Toilets are available near the starts and after the following stations on the Marathon route: 5km, 10km, 15km, 20km and at the finish.

Q. How can I meet up with friends/relatives after the race?

A. You should decide on the time and place to meet based on your predicted finish time. Please remember that it can take up to 40 minutes from the time the runner has crossed the Finish Line for the runner to collect their finisher’s medal and water, kitbag and exit the secure area at the finish.

Q. Where can I park near the finish?

A. There is no public parking near the finish. It is strongly recommended that you use public transport.


Q. I want to watch the race – what advice can you give me?

A. There are lots of good locations around the course on Awka Road with good access coming from the Oguta Road direction. Please refer to the Marathon Map to plan your viewing. There are two grandstands at the finish area with free seating on a first come first served basis.

Q. Can I watch the Onitsha City Marathon live?

A. Yes. Full details to follow on the website.