The marathon will take place in the town of Makeni, the third largest city in Sierra Leone (after Freetown and Bo). It is the economic centre of northern Sierra Leone and the capital of Bombali District. It lies about 110 miles east of Freetown - a 3-4 hour drive from Freetown.
The Sierra Leone Marathon will be run on both urban and rural roads. The majority of these are hard-packed mud roads, but also some tarmac. The route will take in some of the most beautiful scenes of northern Sierra Leone.
Makeni is where Street Child of Sierra Leone set up in 2008. Although the charity has expanded nationwide since then, it remains our hub town, which means that there will be lots of opportunities to visit and interact with our work and the children we support.
Holding the race there also means that our staff, and hopefully even the children, will be able to play a part in the manning and staging of the event. We have excellent networks in Makeni, from the police and the army, to the local and council authorities.
Because of this, Makeni, apart from being the place we most want you to come to, is also the place we can safely, securely and enjoyably put on this extraordinary event. Finally, staging the run in Makeni gets you into 'the real Sierra Leone'.
Life outside Freetown is very different indeed, and we think the experience for all will be much richer for it.
The race information has been found on the official website of the event or through publicly available sources. Always refer to the official website the latest race information. Please let us know if any data is wrong or missing, by emailing us.