Colombo marathon puts Sri Lanka firmly on the sporting map
This year LSR Colombo Marathon is all set to welcome stalwart distance runners from around the world for the latest running of this prestigious international fixture.
Billed by The Island newspaper as “Sri Lanka’s premier annual international athletic showpiece”, it notes that 7,500 runners of all ages will battle their way from the capital north to Negombo beach resort on October 2.
It reports that “the LSR is a major event on the global distance running calendar, being one of just 56 race organisations out of over 110 worldwide which have voting rights in the Association of International Marathons and Distance Races”, and is also recognised by the International Association of Athletic Federations (IAAF).
With more than 200 foreign runners from over 40 countries taking part, it will start at 6am from the Independence Square and run through Borella, Dematagoda, Peliyagoda, Wattala, around the Muthurajawela Marshes along the Hamilton Canal, Pamunugama, Thalahena, Pitipana and Duwa.
The race will have several sub-categories open to both men and women: Full Marathon, 18 and above; Full Marathon, 50 and above (Veterans); Half Marathon, 17 and above; Half Marathon, 50 and above (Veterans); Fun Run 10km, 15 and above (Schools/Other); and Fun Run 5km, 15 and above (Schools/Other).
Winners in the Men’s and Women’s Full Marathons will receive prize money of USD 2,500 each, with many other prizes also on offer.
See the full report here.
Check out the official website here.
A selection of pictures from last year’s event