Sierra Leone Marathon
Sierra Leone Marathon
A human adventure, a sporting challenge with impact
Where the power of running unites people and makes a difference.
It’s not just a race. It’s about one week’s immersion in the local community, an adventure that has an impact on many lives. After visiting rural and urban projects and meeting the families that benefit from the program, you will meet the CEO of Street Child. You will run a unique and ambitious race, and you will finish with a big party with all your new buddies. You also have the opportunity to partake in an optional add-on excursion to some tropical virgin beaches, after an intense week in colors and emotions.
Participants of the challenge will work together with Street Child to fundraise and support the children: before (80%), during the trip (20%). The goal is to secure 1200€ per participant and above all, to raise awareness of the work that Street Child does. When you are there, you will have the opportunity to see the beauty of Africa and to get to know and help the local community. They will help you too and change your life forever
Pack 1: Authentic Traveller 510€ (early bird prices - November 1-15th)
Our basic offer for an authentic adventure
The AUTHENTIC TRAVELER package is for the most adventurous, you will stay in a shared dormitory. Showers are done with buckets, electricity at nights, there will not be air conditioning. You will probably feel the local reality more intensely and you will live it with a community that, like you, wants to participate in the change.
Pack 2: Essential package 710€ - MOST POPULAR
Electricity and running water, what else?
The ESSENTIAL package is a humble option but with some very nice details: Room with private bathroom, running water, electricity day and night, and thankfully, air conditioning. You will eat lunch and dinner while visiting the projects together with the rest of the group, so you will feel part of a very special adventure.
Pack 3: Premium package 1100 €
Swimming pool, gym and hot showers
The PREMIUM package is for those who want to experience the adventure, be part of the change and at the same time, feel like they are on holiday in a tropical country. With this pack you will enjoy air conditioning, hot water, electricity, gym access etc. Also, you will be able to take a refreshing swim in the hotel pool.
- Meals All food and water
- Accommodation 5 nights in the place of your choice
- Transportation All transport within the country
- Activities Entry to the race All organised activities
- Other Invitation to the dinner for the business awards ceremony in London.
What's not included
- Flights (aprox. 650€)
- Travel Insurance
- Drinks (except water, tea…)
- Extra nights: You can add nights in the hotels on the beach for 95€ or 155 € according to the standard that you choose. Highly recommended! Ask us for more information.
Day 1: Landing in Sierra Leone
Day 2: Visit of a Street Child project
We start the day off traveling through the exuberant, green landscapes of Sierra Leone until we arrive at one of the remote projects of Street Child. You will meet some of the children that live in rural communities who have had the opportunity to go to school, thanks to the help of Street Child. Discover their work building schools and training teachers in rural areas of Sierra Leone and make the most of the opportunity to get involved: play and participate in activities like making paper airplanes or teaching a class!
Day 3: Discovering the country through its people
Today you will explore Sierra Leone’s authentic towns and cities which are full of life. You will discover the charming villages in Sierra Leone and you will visit the busy markets. You will meet the families that are able to support the education of their children thanks to local businesses that have been set up.
Day 4: Playing and learning together
Join one of the workshops from the local Street Child teams to know more about their work; from learning Krio to understanding how to identify those children that need help, you will have the opportunity to discover more about the way they work in the area. In the afternoon, you can choose to either go to the stadium for a unique football match with the local football team, or you can spend the afternoon relaxing in Street Child’s Club House. In the evening enjoy a pasta party to prepare yourself for the day of the race.
Day 5: The day of the race
Today is the big day. Join hundreds of local runners to face the challenge of your life. There are distances for all levels: from 5km to a full marathon of 42km. The route allows you to cross some of the most beautiful landscapes in the north of Sierra Leone that wind through exuberant green countryside and local communities. Be it walking, jogging, or running, you will be welcomed by the local people and cheered on by the children along the way. The eclectic atmosphere of the race will bring you to the finish line while you fight against the 30 degree heat and the 90% humidity.
Day 6: Rest at the beach
Finish this unique trip with a relaxing escape to one of the most impressive beaches in Sierra Leone: an opportunity to relax and reflect on this one in a lifetime trip.