After civil war and the Ebola virus brought Sierra Leone to its knees, the country is picking itself up...
The small, West African country of Sierra Leone is a largely undiscovered tropical paradise. Regrettably, it still is associated with a decade-long bloody civil war that ended in 2002 and, just as it had begun to find its feet again, the 2014 outbreak of the ebola epidemic. These catastrophic events devastated families and communities across the country and disrupted every aspect of life. On 12th September 2016 the UK government reaffirmed that Sierra Leone had been declared ebola transmission-free by the World Health Organisation, a welcome boost for the country’s tourism prospects.
Renewed efforts to develop eco-tourism and make travellers aware of the country’s many assets is under way. At Africa Marathons we believe strongly that these efforts deserve the unreserved support of the worldwide running community.
The Sierra Leone Marathon – described as ‘the world’s most worthwhile marathon’ - is the only high profile running event in the country. It comprises full and half marathon options, along with a 10km and 5km less strenuous offering.
The Sierra Leone Marathon was founded in 2012 and is organised by Africa Marathons’ charity partner Street Child, a child welfare organisation that provides shelter and education for the 13,000 children orphaned by ebola. We will make a donation to the charity from each booking made through us. Pre-marathon, runners have the chance to witness first-hand the amazing work the charity undertakes.
The run is based around the city of Makeni on both urban and rural roads. The majority of these are hard-packed mud roads, but there is also some tarmac. It takes in some of the most beautiful scenery of northern Sierra Leone.
You can find out much more about the Sierra Leone Marathon by clicking below. But before you do, we want you to consider making the most of your visit to Sierra Leone and enjoy the many other attractions we can make available to you through our parent company Tailormade Africa.
Go in search of the endangered pygmy hippo on Tiwai Island; visit a world-respected chimpanzee rehabilitation centre; pay your respects at Bunce Island’s slave fort; or try to spot rare rainforest birds in the Gola Forest.
Sierra Leone’s palm-fringed islands host miles of pristine sugar-sand beaches. Nostalgia may drive some to seek out the very beach that was the location for the famous Cadbury’s Bounty Bar TV adverts of the 1960s.
Whether you are an experienced or novice runner and looking for a new challenge or just simply thinking about visiting the continent for the first time, we would love to speak to you. Our first aim is to get to know you, your running experience and aspirations, so we may best advise on which events would challenge you whilst giving you a high chance of success. So please do pick up the phone and give us a call. We look forward to speaking to you.