IRONKIDS prelude to IRONMAN Sri Lanka ‘all about inspiring the kids to embrace an active lifestyle’


Less-abled youngsters in wheelchairs were heroes of the IRONKIDS Colombo race that raised the curtain for the epic IRONMAN triathlon at Galle Face Green on Sunday.

Said a spokesman: “IRONKIDS Sri Lanka is all about inspiring the kids to embrace an active lifestyle from a young age and to make them part of the big IRONMAN 70.3 Colombo event weekend.”

The kid’s race on Saturday was open to all children aged 3 to 14 years, with parents and careers in close attendance.


The race began at 6.15am with 880 participants from 63 countries taking on the challenge: a 1.9km swim off the beach at Galle Face, followed by a 90km bike race and finishing with a half marathon.

Ceylon Today reported that Olivier Godart of UAE emerged the winner in the men’s category, with Davide Rossetti (Italy) second and Francisco Gabriel (Spain) third.

Ling Er Choo of Singapore emerged the winner in the women’s category. Ushakova Svetlana (Russia) was second and Brittany Campbell (Australia) third.


Says Ceylon Today: “The flat and fast course through the bustling Colombo city was enjoyed by both participants and spectators, with the race concluding at 3.00 p.m.”

As we reported previously: “Sports tourism in Sri Lanka gets a major boost tomorrow (Feb 22-25) when the Ironman 70.3 triathlon takes place in the capital Colombo, the first time in Sri Lanka and South Asian region.

“It is organised by Pro-Am Serendib, which is the official licensee of the World Triathlon Corporation, as well as the owner of the Ironman global triathlon brand. Here’s their welcome pack.”

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