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Why the Sierra Leone Marathon is great for beginners too

Martin Forsyth

A group of friends relaxing at the Wusum stadium after finishing our 5K, 10K and half marathon races in October 2015...

A group of friends relaxing at the Wusum stadium after finishing our 5K, 10K and half marathon races in October 2015...

If you want to support Street Child’s work but just the word ‘marathon’ strikes panic into your heart, fear not! Our 10K and 5K race options are the perfect opportunity for you.

They’re an achievable challenge...

Training for a running event can seem daunting, but most first-time racers will say that by starting with shorter distances and following a good training plan, 10K and 5K runs are very accessible. Check out these training programs from Nike and Women’s Running to get started.

You’ll be running with the locals…

The 10K and 5K options are our most popular distances for the local Sierra Leonean runners who participate!

By choosing either of these options, you’ll have the exciting opportunity to run together with hundreds of locals. Combined with the beautiful rural landscape that you’ll be passing through, you’ll get a true feeling for this magnificent country. 

You don't miss out on any of the experiences…

The race itself is only one part of this eye-opening trip! No matter what distance you choose to run, you will have the opportunity to meet some of the children and families that your fundraising will go on to support.

Every participant also gets the opportunity to visit the glorious beaches of Sierra Leone on the last day –or you can treat yourself to a couple more days of relaxation with the beach extension!

And most importantly, you’ll help change lives…

At the heart of the Sierra Leone Marathon is the support that the event allows us to give to local street children in the country. Our 10K and 5K runs allow you to get behind these causes, even if long distance running isn’t necessarily your thing.

Regardless of the distance you choose, being a part of a unique team of runners who are all supporting one cause is a truly life changing experience, and one that you’ll never forget.

 … And if you really don't enjoy running, you can choose to be a race day volunteer