The 2014 Sierra Leone Marathon will take place in the town of Makeni, the economic centre of the Northern Province, about 110 miles East of the Capital Freetown (a 3-4 hour drive). The marathon is staged each year to raise awareness and funds for the valuable work Street Child undertakes in West Africa, but more importantly it gives people the chance to see where their money is going first hand.
Back in 2008 Sierra Leone was placed at the very bottom of the UN Human Development Index. Seeing this poverty first-hand our founder Tom Dannatt decided to act. We believe that every child deserves the chance to receive a quality education and live in a secure home.
Street Child was founded in Makeni in 2008 and although the charity has expanded nationwide and into neighbouring Liberia since then, Makeni remains our hub-town, which means that there are a lot of opportunities to visit and interact with our work and the children and families that we support.
Image of Sierra Leone Marathon 2013 by Erika Perez
Image of Sierra Leone Marathon 2013 by Nick Wright
Race day is Sunday 25th May and there will be a 26.2 mile, a 12.1 mile and a 5km route to choose from. The route will start and finish in the town but will venture into the wilderness to the North of Makeni, with breathtaking scenery and passing through villages, wildlife and wilderness. The race will start at daybreak (6am) to take advantage of the cooler conditions at that time, although we recommend you use sun-cream as the temperature sits around 30 degrees celsius by midday at this time of year. Most of the route is off road, but the trails are level and stable so normal running trainers are adequate.
Hosting the race in Makeni not only ensures that runners can venture a bit further than Freetown to experience the real ‘Salone’ but also means that we can involve our local staff and social workers, and maybe even some of the children, in organizing and staging the event. We have also built up close relationships with the local government, the council and the police in Makeni which ensures that we can stage this extraordinary event securely so that runners can have a meaningful and enjoyable visit.
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