Sierra Leone Marathon
Why Makeni, Sierra Leone?
Sierra Leone might not be the first country that comes to mind to win the 2017 “Best International Event” in the Running Awards—supported by over 150,000 votes among the international running community. More tied to images of violent conflict and Ebola than award-winning sporting events, Sierra Leone once welcomed hundreds of thousands of tourists a year before its destructive decade-long civil war that ended in 2002. However, the country is now making a loud comeback after Sierra Leone was declared Ebola-free in 2016. Since then, adventurous travelers have been slowly making their way back into the country, drawn by its sprawling beaches, rich “sweet salone” food culture, and love-of-life, human warmth of the Sierra Leone people.
Why Street Child?
The Sierra Leone marathon was founded to bring runners back into the country and unite them to fundraise for Street Child—a UK based charity currently supporting over 22,000 children in Sierra Leone. By focusing on providing psycho-social support and quality education centers, Street Child gives children the opportunity to thrive at school and lead a higher quality of life at home. Join me on this journey to bring Sierra Leone back on the travel map, in support of StreetChild’s mission to help the world’s poorest children go to school and reach for a brighter future.