Sierra Leone Marathon 2018

The biggest sporting event in Sierra Leone is BACK!

Voted ‘Best International Event’ at the Running Awards 2017, The Sierra Leone Marathon returns to the streets of Makeni for the 7th edition on 27th May 2018. It's the biggest and most celebrated sporting event in Sierra Leone, uniting both local and international runners. People from all over the world sign up to be a part of this event, with all participants helping to raise funds in support of Street Child projects whilst getting the opportunity to meet the children they are fundraising to support.

With the local communities supporting you every step of the way, you’ll get to experience the genuine passion Sierra Leoneans have for the marathon and will receive overwhelming support every step of the race!

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 the Sierra Leone Marathon. As a runner you will experience the genuine passion that the locals have for the marathon and will receive overwhelming support EVERY STEP OF THE RACE!


You have the choice to run the 5K, 10K, half marathon or 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, mixed in with tarmac and trails.

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, meeting recipients of our family business grants and visit the street markets of Makeni.

DAY THREE - Take part in workshops with our in-country staff, hearing more about our work. Spend the afternoon watching the incredible amputee football match and relax at Street Child's own Bar/Restaurant, the Clubhouse.

DAY FOUR - RACE DAY: Take part in this true 'race of a lifetime' through the stunning paths and villages surrounding Makeni.

DAY FIVE - 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 'the world's craziest and most worthwhile marathon.'

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Art and History
Farmers Market
Outdoor Activities
Languages spoken: English and Krio
Recommended gear: Running kit
Included in price: 5 nights accommodation, all in-country transport including airport transfers, all meals, race entry, race vest, beach BBQ
Not Included in price: Flights, visa, insurance
Refund policy : £100 deposit, packages refundable up to 30 days before departure.