Street Child Marathon 2019 has attracted more than 700 participants, today Sunday 26, May 2019 in Makeni North of Sierra Leone. This year’s Marathon saw the number of competitors increased compared to 150 in 2012, and 600 in 2018. It was the 8th annual event since its inception in 2012.
The motive of the marathon is to raise funds to support Street Child work in the country.According to Street Child, “The stunning award-winning Sierra Leone Marathon is the only international marathon where runners are united behind the same fundraising goal, and to get to meet the children they are fundraising to support.”In 2017, Runners World dubbed Street Child’s Sierra Leone Marathon as the “most worthwhile marathon.”
This year’s Marathon attracted 700 runners who took part in Full Marathon, Half Marathon, 10km, and 5km race.“I want to thank God for making this year’s marathon meet me in good health, and also i will thank Street Child for organizing such a wonderful Marathon. I feel happy to emerge as the winner again for the third time in a row,” said Usman Charlie winner of the Men’s Full Marathon in a telephone conversation.Isatu Turay is the female winner of the Women’s Full Marathons 2019. Isatu finished the Marathon in 3 hours 13 minutes, she expressed delight for taking part in this year’s race and becoming a champion for the 2019 race.“it is a great moment for me to become the winner of this year’s Marathon, and I am happy that I was given the chance to participate. I will continue training for upcoming events like this so that i will always become champion,” said Turay.
Other winners of the marathon included Samuel S. Masuri, winner of the men’s half marathon, Jane S. Kargbo, winner of the women’s half marathon, Fanta Sessay winner of the women’s 10km,
Moses Smart winner of the men’s 5km and Diana Bundu winner of the women’s 5 km.The marathon has been a very important one as it has attracted hundreds of international runners since its inception in 2012, and has raised over 1.8 million pounds.“Since 2012, the Sierra Leone Marathon has been bringing hundreds of international runners and Street Child supporters alike to the streets of Makeni, Sierra Leone. To date the marathon has raised over £1.8 million in support of Street Child’s work,” a Street Child statement reads.