Described as ‘the world’s most worthwhile marathon’ the Sierra Leone Marathon will take place for the 7th time in 2018 combining some of the most stunning scenery in West Africa with the kind of atmosphere that only the truly remarkable country of Sierra Leone can offer. Voted 'Best International Event' at the 2017 Running Awards, this African adventure is one you'll never forget.
The Sierra Leone Marathon was founded and is organised by Africa Marathons' charity partner Street Child, and this is what makes the event so special. Runners have the chance to see the amazing work they do pre-race day and the fact that all runners are running in support of one charity makes the event very rare in the marathon world.
The Sierra Leone Marathon takes place in the town of Makeni, the third largest city in Sierra Leone, where Street Child began its work back in 2008. The event offers a full marathon (42.2km), a half marathon (21.1km), 10k and a 5k and is run on both urban and rural roads. The majority of these are hard-packed mud roads, but also some tarmac. The route takes in some of the most beautiful scenes of Northern Sierra Leone passing through villages and through remote forests, all with the constant and passionate support from everyone you pass.
This marathon really is one of the most amazing events anywhere worldwide and is a true once in a lifetime experience. Post marathon you have the option of relaxing on some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, or if this is far too relaxed why not go in search of the endangered pygmy hippo on Tiwai Island, visit a world-respected chimpanzee rehabilitation centre, pay your respects at Bunce Island slave fort or try spot rare rainforest birds in the Gola Forest.
We have strong local connections, superb guides and first-hand experience in the country, so you will be well looked after and come back with memories to last a lifetime after the ‘world’s most worthwhile marathon.’
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.