Welcome to the Sierra Leone Marathon

05 June 2022|Sierra Leone

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Described as ‘the world’s most worthwhile marathon’ the Sierra Leone Marathon will take place for its 10th anniversary on Sunday, the 5th of June 2022 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.

To join Team Africa Marathons please email [email protected] or ring on +44 1932 361807 (UK), +1 844 390 1798 (USA) or +44 (0)7791360170 (Rob).

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What do you do the night before a race? 🌙

"I carbo load before a race. Good carbs are things like sweet potato, whole wheat pasta, brown rice etc. I have quite a big pasta the night before with a bit of protein too, usually in the form of chicken or tuna, with not too much sauce to avoid tummy issues on race day. I love spicy food, so my meal the night before races is always quite bland to me."

 - Coach Nick Bester

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It's officially 100 days until the legendary Comrades Marathon 2022. We cannot wait! 🤩

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The Sierra Leone Marathon is more than just a race. 🙌

You will have the opportunity to see the impact of your fundraising when exploring Northern Sierra Leone where Street Child’s rural and urban projects are situated and attend workshops with the Street Child Sierra Leone teams.

Learn more about Street Child of Sierra Leone on their website: https://www.streetchildsl.org

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Cape Town Marathon 2022 will take place on 16 October 2022 and starts and finishes outside the iconic Cape Town Stadium. 🤩

The race is a sightseeing tour of the natural beauty of Cape Town’s mountains and sea, as well as many of the city’s attractions and cultural areas. 🌅

Are you joining Team Africa Marathons? We are the Official Travel Partner of the 2022 Cape Town Marathon, and have a fully-loaded itinerary planned out for your to enjoy every second of your time in South Africa. 

View our full itinerary on our website.
To those starting out as marathon runners, what advice would you give them? 🏃

"Firstly, enjoy the process! Secondly, never underestimate just how tough that last 10kms is going to be. In my first marathon I definitely underestimated just how tough that last bit would be. 

It’s always tough. As long as you’re prepared for it then you’ll be able to handle it. I know marathons can be scary, but enjoy every second! There is nothing quite like finishing your first one! No better feeling in the world!" 

- Coach Nick Bester

Learn more about our coach Nick on our website: https://www.africamarathons.com/coach/

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