Sierra Leone Marathon 2018: Local runners
The Sierra Leone Marathon is BACK! It's that time of year again to SIGN UP for a challenge of a lifetime - as the race returns to the streets of Makeni on 27th May 2018.

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Details of Sierra Leone Marathon 2018, Makeni, Sierra Leone Cultural Experience Details for 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!


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.

Typical Day

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.'

Age range, type of group

5km - 14 years old +
10km - 16 years old +
Half and Full Marathon - 18 years old +

Sleeping and meals

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.

Discounts Offered

We are offering a £100 discount off your travel package if you successfully raise £500 or more - 50% of the minimum fundraising target - between now and 15th February 2018.

The discount is in support of our brand new campaign - our Right to Learn Appeal - which runs until 15th February 2018. This appeal will help 10,000 of the most vulnerable children in West Africa to go to school and learn. This means that if you sign up to the marathon this year, everything you raise towards your fundraising target between now and 15th February will be doubled by the UK government!

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