Sierra Leone Marathon 2017

The biggest sporting event in Sierra Leone is BACK!

The Sierra Leone Marathon returns to the streets of Makeni on 28th May 2017. It's the biggest and most celebrated sporting event in the largest city in Sierra Leone, uniting both local and international runners. People from all over the globe sign up to be a part of this life changing event! Both runners and international volunteers help to raise funds supporting projects and making a massive difference in a country that has endured much suffering over the years.

After fifteen years of civil war and then the dreadful Ebola epidemic, Sierra Leone continues to recover from the aftermath of Ebola! The people of Sierra Leone are truly survivors and are well-known for their lovable characteristics, exotic food making and vibrant culture.

The community play a large part in supporting YOU during your race - never before will you have felt as motivated as you to take on your new West African Adventure. As a runner you will experience the genuine passion that the locals have for the marathon and will receive an overwhelming support EVERY STEP OF THE RACE!

The race is in aid of raising crucial funds for projects run by Street Child, helping to reunite children with their families, put them back into education and support their families by offering bursaries through its family business scheme.


You have the choice to run 5K, 10K, half marathon and full marathon through some of the most picturesque landscapes in northern Sierra Leone. You can expect to run on both urban and rural roads - the majority of these are hard-packed mud roads, but also some tarmac.

DAY ONE - Travel by 4x4 convoy to one of Street Child's remote projects and meet some of the rural school children your participation will be supporting.

DAY TWO - Visit the charity's urban projects with the option of a hosted night walk to learn more about the realities of a young life on the streets.

DAY THREE - Take the chance to explore the charming town of Makeni or simply prepare for the race by relaxing at Street Child's own Bar/Restaurant, the Clubhouse.

DAY FOUR - RACE DAY: all of our half and full marathon runners take on the run of your life through the stunning paths and villages surrounding Makeni.

DAY FIVE - To top off this unique travel experience with a relaxing trip to one of Sierra Leone's stunning beaches: a chance to rest and reflect on this once-in-a-lifetime journey.


We offer packages from 1- 4

Our most popular package is our 4* option where runners get to stay at the Wusum Hotel, the most popular hotel in Makeni.

The hotel includes:

  • Ensuite bathroom
  • Running water and hot showers
  • Electricity 24hour
  • Wifi
  • Air conditioning
  • Gym
  • Business centre
  • Swimming pool

There are a limited number of premium rooms available in Makeni. Please contact us for availability and we will look to ensure you get the level of accommodation you wish.


LENGTH OF STAY: Five nights is the standard length of stay for most runners. We will however help organise transport and accommodation for those who wish to stay for a shorter visit.


All of our travel packages include accommodation, three meals per day and all transport in-country including airport transfers to/from Freetown and to project visit sites.

1*: - Bucket showers, electricity at night, no AC, hostel type accommodation - for the true traveller!

2*: - Refreshing bucket showers, electricity, no AC. This option may involve shared accommodation.

3*: - Showers, electricity, guaranteed fan/AC. Stay in a basic Makeni guest house or hotel with your own private or shared room with toilet and washing facilities.

4*: - Hot showers, electricity, wifi, AC, hotel swimming pool. There are a limited number of premium rooms available in Makeni. Please contact us for availability and we will look to ensure you get the level of accommodation you wish for.

Sign up TODAY and receive a £50 discount off every friend you bring alone!

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Languages spoken: English and Krio
Recommended gear: Running trainers
Included in price: Prices starting from £299 - INC in-country travel; airport pick-up and drop off; meals; Race day entry to one of the races 5k,10k, half and full marathon; all food/ water stations and fully qualified medical support; accommodation; project visits and training/running advise and support
Not Included in price: Flights, visa and insurance