The organisers of the Ijebu Heritage Half Marathon have revealed that 40 elite runners have been penciled down to participate in the race coming up in July.
In a statement, leading telecommunications services provider, Airtel Nigeria was also announced as the headline sponsor of Half Marathon.
Mr. Bukola Olopade, the Chief Executive Officer of Nilayo Sports Management Limited, Project Consultants on the Ijebu Heritage Half Marathon, said “We are delighted to welcome Airtel on board as Headline sponsor, they proudly connect millions of Nigerians every day and we are extremely happy to have the Ijebu Heritage Half Marathon associated with the brand.
“Our belief at Nilayo is that Sports Sponsorships is a veritable tool for economic development in any society. We are positive that this partnership will open a new vista of opportunities in the trajectory of marathons and road
races in the country.”
The Ijebu Heritage Half Marathon is scheduled for 17th July 2021. The route starts at Tunde Debasco Road, Ejirin, and ends at Otunba Dipo Dina International Stadium. The event consists of three races, the Half Marathon, 10KM, and 5KM Fun Run.
The route starts from Tunde Debasco Road, Ejirin, and ends at Otunba Dipo Dina International Stadium, Ijebu Ode.
The event is endorsed by World Athletics, the International Association of International Marathons and Distance Races and the Athletics Federation of Nigeria. 40 Elite Runners have been confirmed for the race.
Kenya’s Bernard Sang who came first at the 2020 Istanbul Marathon tops the list. Sang will look to top his Personal Best for Half Marathons which stands at 1:00:57.
Kenya’s Hosea Chirchir Kiplimo, Rhonzas Lokitam Kilimo, Eliud Mewangi, Sammy Nyokaye, John Muriuri Mburi, William Amponsah, Titus Kipruto Kibiego, and Paul Koech are on the men’s list.
Uganda’s Ezekiel Chepkoromk with a Personal Best of 01:01:46 and Azerbaijan’s Desta Fitsun Weldu are also listed.
For the women’s list, Shila Jepkosgei who is a World Athletics gold-label runner with a Personal Best of 01:10:58 tops the list. Ghana’s Juliana Lariba Sakat, Kenya’s Gladys Jepkemoi Chemweno, Caern Jebet Maiyo, Ruth Karanja, Susy Chebet Chemaimak, Hannah Wanjiru Gatheru are also listed.
Uganda’s Racheal Zena Chebet with a Personal Best of 01:10:13 and Bahrain’s Damaris Muthee Mutua with a Personal Best of 01:10:13 will also be running in Ijebu.
The Ijebu Heritage Half Marathon was motivated by Ijebu Heritage Club. The club is an outstanding community of Ijebu Ode sons and daughters who thought it wise to have an international marathon in Ijebu land.