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Runners Brave Grueling African Race

Approximately 150 international competitors took part in the inaugural event.

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.

For More: Reuters