Challenge yourself and travel to Sierra Leone!

20th - 25th May 2020

At the end of May, Street Child organises the Sierra Leone Marathon, a unique event where hundreds of runners travel to Sierra Leone and run for the charity. The marathon takes place in Makeni, the third largest city in Sierra Leone where Street Child started its first projects a few years ago. Participants run on both paved and dirt roads through the jungle and small villages, where locals cheer them on and kids line up to high-five them as they pass through. And then.. off to relax on one of the most beautiful beaches in West Africa!

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What is the Sierra Leone Marathon?


Profit from the event will be dedicated to Street Child's projects. We believe that every child has the right to a healthy life, a safe home and a quality education. By participating in the Sierra Leone Marathon, you are giving children a better future!


During the trip, you will visit the various projects implemented by the Street Child team. You will meet the children supported by our social workers and cross the jungle to visit the different schools. In local markets, you will see small businesses created by families through our Family Business Scheme. It's a unique opportunity to get out of your comfort zone and go on an adventure!


It's a once-in-a-lifetime chance to run through the jungle and villages of the country. In addition to the incredible scenery, it is a festive moment for the locals and you will see many children gather along the way to support you. You can choose among different distances of 5, 10, 21 or 42 kilometers. In any case, it's a special experience you'll never forget!

The Programme

The Challenge in Sierra Leone: 20.05.2020 - 25.05.2020

Sierra Leone trip

Day 1

Travel through the jungle and visit our rural Street Child projects. You'll visit our schools, meet the students and teachers and experience your positive impact on the projects first hand! 

Makeni Sierra Leone

Day 2

In the city you will get to know our social workers and business experts who will present to you Street Child's urban activities, and you'll also have the chance to visit some of the parents that participate in our Family Business Schemes to learn why our work is so important!

Marathon and adventure in Africa

Day 3

You will participate in different workshops such as "Krio" lessons (the local language) or be able to learn some basics in social work . During the evening, you will have a briefing about the race and will join our famous dinner: "Pasta Party".

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Day 4

Marathon day! Runners start at 6am and finish a few hours later in a lively football stadium. Then there is time to rest before enjoying the rest of the day at Street Child's restaurant, The Clubhouse.

Tokeh Beach Sierra Leone

Day 5

Everyone heads towards the coast, where we end the trip with a cozy lunch and spend some relaxing moments on one of West Africa's most beautiful beaches. 

BEFORE going: fundraise!

Because Street Child does not take any profit from the event, we ask all our participants to raise money for our charity. These projects are only possible thanks to you! Involve your family, friends, colleagues and other organisations in your network to reach the target of € 1,200. If you are not sure if you can reach this goal, we will be happy to help and support you. Have a look at this article or contact us:

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In the media

I was not only able to get to meet the people I was fundraising for, I also got to feel their hearts.
— Joyce Binneboese, 2018

If you want to read more about the marathon, have a look at these articles in different languages:

Runner's World, Issue: July 2017

Runner's World, Issue: July 2017

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How much is it?

Street Child offers various packages for marathon participants. No profit is made on the packages. All the packages include five nights. 

(prices for 2019 are still to be confirmed)

Package 1 - hostel "for the real traveler" - €440
Shared bedroom with bucket showers. Electricity is only available in the evening and there is not always Wi-Fi. Comfortable, clean & fun: participants from previous years have good memories!

Package 3 - simple hotel - €625
A private room with ensuite bathroom. There is running water, air conditioning and electricity.

Package 4 - premium package: luxury hotel - €965
A stay at the Wusum Hotel with private bathroom. There is running water, air conditioning and electricity but also a swimming pool and a gym.

Landscape Sierra Leone

Included in our packages:

  • Accommodation for 5 nights

  • 3 meals a day

  • Transport in Sierra Leone (including transport from and to the airport)

  • Project visits

  • Participation in the marathon (including T-Shirt)

  • Beach-Day with BBQ

Additional costs:

  • Flights from about €600

  • Visa: €125

  • Vaccinations


The Beach


We'd be happy to help you to extend your 5-day adventure and plan for two days at the beach until the 27th of May instead of just one. Just tell us so in the registration form.
It's a great opportunity to enjoy one more day in Sierra Leone and talk about your experience with other runners.
You can choose between our Standard and our Premium packages:


The standard package costs 80€ per night . It offers a basic but nice accommodation with a beautiful view of the beach.


The premium package costs 135€ per night and offers everything you could wish for. It's a luxurious accomodation with a Pool, fantastic facilities and a great restaurant.

FAQ about the race

Q: How is the marathon?

A: The race starts around 6 am to avoid the heat of the day. The departure is from the city of Makeni, 2-3 hours from the capital Freetown. You will run on hard-packed mud roads and some tarmac in some of the most beautiful scenery of Northern Sierra Leone!

Q: Who organizes the race? What services are offered?

A: An experienced team of Street Child’s UK and local staff will be organising the event along with other volunteers from UK and Sierra Leone. This allows you to have regular water stations, fixed and mobile medical support and live music at the finish line. 


Q: How much money will have to be raised for Street Child?

A: Street Child does not make any money on accommodation and running, so we ask participants to take part in some fundraising. Each year, every participant raises 1,200€. Street Child's experienced fundraising team and mentors will work with each participant to ensure they reach and go beyond this target. We explain in this article why and how you reach that goal.

Q: Where does the money go?

A: The money will be donated to Street Child so we can carry out our projects related to education, child protection and sustainable income for families. Click here to find out what your gift is for.


Q I’m not a runner but still want to go, can I volunteer?

A Yes! We have lots of opportunities for non-runners. Just like the runners, you can take part in the visits to our projects and you also have the opportunity to become a Race Day Volunteer.  

Q: How to sign up?

A: Go here!


FAQ about the trip

Q: Can you advise me on the flights and obtaining the visa?

R: Of course! Contact us before booking your flights to find out if we have discounts available. Air Maroc, Air France and Air Brussels are all running a service at the moment. Street Child will help you in the process of obtaining a visa.

Q: What are the medical recommendations?

A: See a travel nurse and doctor at least 6-8 weeks before travel. You should visit your local GP for advice if necessary. The yellow fever and anti-malarial medication are two must-haves. We also ask participants to be insured for this trip.


Q: What about the weather?

A: Sierra Leone has a tropical climate and the rainy season starts at the end of May. The temperatures are hot and the humidity is high.

Q: How much money do I need to bring?

A: Bring cash, tickets are easily exchangeable. The use of the credit card in Sierra Leone is very limited, but it is worth taking one for emergencies.


Q: What should I take?

A: Here is a list we advise you to bring

  • First aid kit

  • Umbrella and a rain coat

  • Mosquito repellent + insect bite cream

  • Anti bacteria hand gel - dramatically reduces your chances of travellers tummy

  • A sleeping bag and a bath towel

  • Your favorite sports snacks

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Corporate Challenge

Every year, companies such as Vistaprint, Tripadvisor, Kiln Insurance or Hyperion Insurance, let teams of employees take part in the Sierra Leone Marathon. 

The company can help in one of the following ways:

  • Make a donation to the team fundraising

  • Support the fundraising activities of the team

  • Fund a part of the trip

  • Involve other employees

  • Share the event



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