The 16th edition of the ever popular LSR Colombo Marathon to be conducted on October 2 will see the number of participants increase to 7,500 runners. As many as 40 countries are expected to send runners for the marathon. This marathon that is conducted on similar lines of other leading marathons conducted in cities like London, New York, Boston, Munich, Singapore or any other city in the world, is conducted by Lanka Sportreizen in collaboration with the Athletic Association of Sri Lanka.
The total expenditure to conduct this event is approximately Rs. 24.2million and the organisers are overwhelmingly confident it will boost the image of the country.
The objectives in conducting this event is to further boost the image of Sri Lanka as a safe and secure tourist destination, promote Sri Lanka as an ideal destination for recreational activities, foster the habit of participation among schoolchildren and the youth, unearth talent of Sri Lankans by running alongside international runners and introduce the ‘Fun Run’ culture and thereby promote the concept of a ‘healthy society’.
The distance for a standard marathon is 43.195 kilometres and a half marathon is 21.097 kilometres.
The full marathon is for men and women who are 18 years and above. The half marathon is for those who are 50 years and above (veterans men and women) and 17 years and below. A fun run of 10 km for those men and women (schools/other) 15 years and above and a fun run of 5 km for those in the same age category are also on the cards.
The race will commence at 6 a.m. in close proximity of the BMICH in Bauddhaloka Mawatha and finish at the Negombo beach around 8.30 p.m. The prize distribution is scheduled to take place at the Negombo Beach Park arena at 12.30 p.m.
The winners in the Open event for men and women will receive US$ 2,500 each plus an air ticket from SriLankan Airlines.
The first runner-up will receive $1,500, second runner-up $1000, fourth place $500, fifth place $250 while sixth to tenth places will receive $100 each.
Winners in the half marathon (men and women) will receive $500 each plus an air ticket from SriLankan Airlines. Athletes who finish from second place up to fifth place will, in numerical order, will receive $400, 300, 200 and 100 respectively.
In addition, all winners will be presented with a medal, certificate and a Tee Shirt each.
Last year’s race was dominated by Kenyan runners and it will certainly be a treat for Sri Lankan fans to watch them run this year too.
Lanka Sportreizen, a leading Travel Agency specialised in water sports and nature based activities, is making a concerted effort to deviate from the practice of offering passive holidays and venture into active holidays.