There are close to 50,000 children that rely on the streets of Sierra Leone for their survival, with around 3,000 of those living and sleeping on the streets. Street Child aims to reunite those children with their families and get them back in full time education. They do this by using a combination of first line support on the street, funding schools and educational materials and arranging remedial schooling. They also aim to address the root problem of poverty as a whole by starting projects like its family business scheme.
The marathon starts and finishes in Makeni, the town where Street Child was founded and one which remains their hub. There are numerous opportunities to visit local projects and interact with the children and families that Street Child supports.
Image of Sierra Leone Marathon 2013 by Erika Perez
Image of Sierra Leone Marathon 2013 by Nick Wright
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.
So if you'd like to join us - register using the tab at the top of the page!