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Northern Sierra Leone city to host int’l marathon

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Some 175 runners from 12 countries around the world will to participate in the second annual Sierra Leone Marathon, an international fund raising marathon, on Sunday in Makeni (north).AN INTERNATIONAL FUND RAISING MARATHON TO BE HELD IN SIERRA LEONE

These athletes will join hundreds of Sierra Leoneans and foreign nationals to compete in the country’s only official marathon.

According to the organizers, the runners are coming from countries as far afield as Sweden, the UK, New Zealand, French Guyana, Germany, Liberia and Guinea.

One of the sponsors, African Minerals Limited, Sierra Leone’s biggest iron ore mining company, says all of them have been busy raising funds on behalf of NGO Street Child, which support projects working with out-of-school children throughout the country.

The 2012 marathon reportedly raised more than £320,000 all of which was spent supporting Street Child’s work.

The marathon is also backed by airline Gambia Bird, the Gateway to West Africa, telecoms provider Africell among others.

Race Director Lewis Aldridge said “we hope that the money our runners raise will be a real boost for the incredible work that Street Child is doing in Sierra Leone.”

There will be three different categories of runners ie 5km, half marathon and full marathon 42km.

The Sierra Leone Marathon is run on tarred (approximately 30%) and also on rural hard-packed mud (approximately 70%) roads within Makeni and environs.

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