All that you need to know about the Ijebu International Half Marathon
Forms can be picked up at:
1. Otunba Dipo Dina International Stadium
2. You can also register at: http://ijebuheritagehalfmarathon.com/race-registration
Registration is free
Start & Finish
The starting point will be the School of Health Technology, Ilese Road. The finish will be at Otunba Dipo Dina International Stadium
Marathon begins 6:30am
T-Shirts, Meals, And Certificates
All participants will receive a running race vest. Finishers will receive medals and certificate.
Running Number Collection
Dates for collection of Running Numbers at Otunba Dipo Dina International Stadium shall be announced shortly. We understand that it might be impossible for you to pick your running number yourself, so you can nominate someone to pick up your running number for you. Please note that your running number is likely to be your only form of ID during the race, so take good care of it.
The race will be timed using the “TimeTronics Electronic Timing System. Chips/Tags will be attached to the race bib number you will receive in your race pack.
Please note, do not remove this tag from your bib number.
Water Stations will be provided at designated points across the route and at the finish.
Sponges will be provided at designated points across the route and at the finish.
Toilets will be provided at designated points across the route and at the finish
An Ambulance and medical station will be available approximately 200 meters after each water station on the Half Marathon route.
Top artistes and a selection of other activities will be available at the finish point to entertain the participants and supporters. Food and Beverage facilities will also be available here.
Ensure you see your doctor if you have any problems that make it a risk to run a marathon. If you have serious medical problems and you get a go-ahead from your doctor, you can still participate in the marathon, however. You have to send details of your condition and the treatment you are undergoing to the Marathon office in an envelope marked as confidential with your running 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!
On Marathon Day
Start every race well hydrated. Drinking too little on the run can lead to problems. You need to replace some of the fluid you lose as sweat. Drinking too much can be very dangerous and lead to hyponatremia (water intoxication), fits, and even death.
Drink when you feel the need and do not gulp large volumes of fluids before, during, or after the race. Your needs vary with your build, your speed, and above all the weather.
At The Finish
Do not stand about getting cold. Keep walking, especially if you feel dizzy, and drinking to replace lost liquid, 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.
Running is good for the heart, however if you have a family history of heart disease or sudden death, or have a high risk from high cholesterol or high blood pressure especially if you have symptoms of heart disease such as chest pain or discomfort on exertion, sudden shortness of breath or rapid palpitations, see your doctor who can arrange for you to have a proper cardiac assessment.
Remember the human body adapts slowly and therefore responds to gradual increases in traning stress. Include one long run, two shorter runs for speed and strength, and an optional easy recovery run day.
To reduce injury risk, vary your training runs, the running surface, the pace and distance, and do not always use the same pair of shoes.
Always run facing oncoming traffic and be visible, you can wear reflective clothing.
Running with these symptoms will shorten your running career so make it a point of duty to see your doctor before the marathon.
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.
Fluid lost in sweat must be replaced otherwise your body becomes dehydrated (short of water) and less efficient. Ensure you take plenty of non-alcoholic drinks when training in hot weather and after long runs.
Avoid alcoholic drinks, tea and coffee can be dehydrating.
In the days before the race you should make sure your fuel stores (muscle glycogen) are full. Very high muscle glycogen levels can be achieved by just eating more carbohydrates. Eating more carbohydrate does not mean overeating or eating as much as possible!
It just means making sure more of your daily calories are coming from carbohydrate at the cost of some fat. It is a good idea to have the last large meal at lunch time the day before and to have a lighter meal in the evening.
This is also something you should practice in the weeks before or when you have a smaller race coming up.
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