You may have run the London marathon. Cycled from London to Paris. Climbed Mount Kilimanjaro. The toughest of you may even have survived the Marathon Des Sables. But none of you will have partaken in the Sierra Leone marathon. Doing a challenge for charity is not something new but this challenge is. Be part of something groundbreaking and participate in the first ever Sierra Leone marathon!
The Sierra Leone marathon is not just about pushing yourself to prove that you can run a marathon in tropical Sierra Leone – half marathon and 5k runs available for the less brave! – It is about seeing exactly where your fundraising is being spent. It is about meeting the children you are helping. All funds raised go directly to Street Child of Sierra Leone (SCoSL), a charity that works to reduce the number of children living on the streets in Sierra Leone and increase the number of children in education. As a participant in the Sierra Leone marathon you will have the opportunity to visit SCoSLs childrens centres and newly build schools.
Running the Sierra Leone marathon in Makeni, the former rebel army HQ, you will run along the very streets these childrenhave been sleeping rough on. They are now enrolled on projects funded by SCoSL and before they head off to school for the day, they will line the race course and cheer you on!
Sierra Leone experienced a civil war which ended in 2002. Today, huge steps are being taken to help the picturesque country recover from devastating poverty. And with beaches that have featured in bounty bar adverts and a wildlife park to be admired The Times (Sept 2011) rightly suggests that”Sierra Leone might seem an off-beat choice but it offers a beach holiday to rival the Caribbean“.
Celebrity adventurer, Ben Fogle, is the patron and face of this exciting new event and General Lord Dannatt, former head of the British army, is lending his operational support.
The Sierra Leone marathon will take place on the 9th June 2012, and its going to be one amazing race. So if you are interested in getting your running shoes on for one truly worthwhile cause, there is still plenty of time to register. Packages are only 300. This includes race entry, 5 nights basic accommodation, food and in-country transport.
For more information about the Sierra Leone marathon, the great cause that it will be supporting, and how to sign up for this great event visit the Sierra Leone Marathon’s website. If you are interested in getting involved in your own challenging adventure, but a marathon isn’t quite your thing, check out these great active holidays that are on offer. It’s time to get off the sofa…there is a great big world out there just full of exciting, adventure challenges! So what are you waiting for?