The biggest sporting event in Sierra Leone is BACK!
Voted ‘Best International Event’ at the Running Awards 2017, The Sierra Leone Marathon returns to the streets of Makeni for the 8th edition on 26th May 2019.
It’s the biggest and most celebrated sporting event in Sierra Leone, uniting both local and international runners. People from all over the world sign up to be a part of this event, with all participants helping to raise funds in support of Street Child projects whilst getting the opportunity to meet the children they are fundraising to support.
With the local communities supporting you every step of the way, you’ll get to experience the genuine passion Sierra Leoneans have for the marathon and will receive overwhelming support every step of the race!
You have the choice to run 5K, 10K, half marathon and full marathon through some of the most picturesque landscapes in northern Sierra Leone. You can expect to run on both urban and rural roads – the majority of these are hard-packed mud roads, but also some tarmac.

Typical Day

DAY ONE – Travel by 4×4 convoy to one of Street Child’s remote projects and meet some of the rural school children your participation will be supporting.
DAY TWO – Visit the charity’s urban projects, meeting recipients of our family business grants and visit the street markets of Makeni.
DAY THREE – Take part in workshops with our in-country staff, hearing more about our work. Spend the afternoon watching the incredible amputee football match and relax at Street Child’s own Bar/Restaurant, the Clubhouse.
DAY FOURRACE DAY: Take part in this true ‘race of a lifetime’ through the stunning paths and villages surrounding Makeni.
DAY FIVE – Top off this unique travel experience with a relaxing trip to one of Sierra Leone’s stunning beaches: a chance to rest and reflect on ‘the world’s craziest and most worthwhile marathon.’

June 01, 2022
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The number for participants for the whole event is capped to 200.


Sierra Leone Half Marathon
June 01, 2022 (Wednesday) - 06:00
21.097 kilometers
Solo Mixed Timed
Sierra Leone Marathon 5K
June 01, 2022 (Wednesday) - 06:00
5 kilometers
Solo Mixed Timed
Sierra Leone Marathon 10K
June 01, 2022 (Wednesday) - 06:00
10 kilometers
Solo Mixed Timed
Sierra Leone Full Marathon
June 01, 2022 (Wednesday) - 06:00
42.195 kilometers
Solo Mixed Timed


Jun 01 2022 : Rain until morning, starting again in the evening.
23.3°C - 32.9°C (74.0°F - 91.2°F)

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Last checked on 2022-06-25


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Hello, on May 29th 2016, you’ll be organizing the Sierra Leone Marathon. Can you tell us where it is located? The Sierra Leone Marathon is held in Makeni, which is the third largest city in Sierra Leone. How old is the race and why was it created in the first place? The event will be enjoying its fifth year in 2016.
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