For any distance runners out there, the Sierra Leone Marathon should be next on their challenge agenda!
Part of a five day trip run by UK charity Street Child, it presents a unique and exciting combination of adventurous travel, running the route less-travelled and fundraising for some of the world’s most vulnerable children.
Five reasons to enter the Sierra Leone Marathon
1) Discover beautiful Sierra Leone
In 2016 Sierra Leone was declared the world’s fastest growing travel destination. The Sierra Leone Marathon route winds through some of the most beautiful scenery in the lush, green areas surrounding the northern town of Makeni. On the final day of the trip there is the chance to unwind on Sierra Leone’s stunning, palm-fringed beaches.
2) Raise money for some of the world’s poorest children
You will raise funds for Street Child and help support some of the poorest and most vulnerable children in West Africa, giving them the chance to gain an education. Since 2008 Street Child has helped to transform the lives of more than 120,000 children across Sierra Leone, Liberia and Nepal.
3) Be part of an award-winning running event
The Street Child Sierra Leone Marathon won Best International Event at the prestigious Running Awards this year. It triumphed in a competitive category, beating big-name events like the Berlin Marathon and the epic Marathon des Sables.
4) Set yourself a unique challenge
The Street Child Sierra Leone Marathon is unique in uniting runners behind one cause and taking them to the heart of their projects. You will visit children and families supported by Street Child, and with every step on the course you’ll be cheered on by the locals.
5) Gain a new perspective
In its recent history Sierra Leone has been torn apart by civil war, suffered a deadly outbreak of Ebola and just this year was hit by devastating flooding and mudslides. Now reconciled and recovering, its resilient people will give you a warm welcome and talk to you about how they are rebuilding their lives.
Visit www.sierraleonemarathon.com for more details on the marathon. The dates for the next trip are 23-28 May 2018, and the marathon takes place on 27 May 2018.
Find out what it’s all about by watching the Sierra Leone Marathon film:
Picture Credit: Mark Gillett / Street Child