World’s leading marathon runners from Kenya and Ethiopia will be among 200 foreign competitors who will participate along with Sri Lankans at the Colombo Marathon that will take place today (October 4) starting from Colombo at 6 a.m.

The organizers of this event Lanka Sports Reizen expect about 6,500 competitors to run this year that will take place for the 15th year. This year too the event is supported by SriLankan Airlines who will be the official carrier of the participants. Participants from 39 countries will be here to compete.

The marathon will be conducted for men and women runners from around the world. Among the highest number of entries in Asia will come from China, India and Japan. There will be runners from Canada, USA and the UK as well. They will be running in quite high temperatures of around 28 degrees Celsius.

The full marathon will begin at the round about on Bouddhaloka Mawatha and finish in Negombo. There will also be a half marathon, fun run and a veterans’ marathon.

The winners in the men’s and women’s race will be rewarded with a cash prize of US$ 2,500/= plus a return air ticket from SriLankan Airlines. This prize money is very small compared to the amount given by organizers in other countries such as Berlin, UAE or London Marathon. This is becoming a grave concern to the organisers Lanka Sport Reizen who has said that they will not be able to raise this kind of money on their own. To attract top runners in the future the prize money should be increased in keeping with other countries.