National Geographic writes about the Sierra Leone Marathon!

 Sierra Leone Marathon winners. Image: Will Whitford

Sierra Leone Marathon winners. Image: Will Whitford

Sierra Leone: Run for their lives

Running the Sierra Leone Marathon, organised by international charity Street Child, is about much more than sheer endurance — it also helps to raise funds for children across the country

By Sue Watt. Published on 26th September 2017

“We don’t want to scare you, but you need to know that you can die from dehydration.” This is the chief medic’s ominous warning before we head to the start line. “It’s tough, hot and humid out there, so be responsible: drink and drink and drink…”

At 7.20am, the temperature is around 90F, the air feels close and clammy, and I’ve drunk so much water it’s sloshing around in my tummy as I run. The Sierra Leone Marathon takes in the mandatory 26 miles and a bit around the northern market town of Makeni, through sleepy rural villages and up steep forested hills on bumpy terracotta-colored tracks: it’s not for the fainthearted. So instead, I’m running the six-mile race around Makeni’s lively streets... read more.