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Runners Brave Grueling African Race

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Jun. 14, 2012
  • Updated Jun. 14, 2012 at 9:56 AM UTC
Over 150 runners took part in Sierre Leone's first marathon for charity. Photo: Much Better Adventures.com

Approximately 150 international competitors took part in the inaugural event. 

A significant running milestone took place in Sierra Leone last Friday: the small African country celebrated its first marathon.

There to kick off the event was retired British General Richard Dannatt, who spoke to the runners.

“The person who’s going to take most care of you tomorrow morning is yourself,” he said. “I take your personal safety as being the top line and the bottom line.”

The race was organized as a fundraising event by Street Child of Sierra Leone, which is hoping to raise money to take children off the streets in the country that had recently been ravaged by a brutal civil war.

Approximately 150 international competitors took part in the race.

Street Child’s spokesman, Martin Forsyth, had this to say: ”We want to give the guys who’ve come over from international countries an understanding of what they’re raising funds for.”

Besides a marathon, organizers also hosted a half marathon and a 5K.

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at Competitor.com and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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