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17th edition of Colombo Marathon on October 8

17th edition of Colombo Marathon on October 8




By Hishan Welmilla

Colombo , August 10.  17th edition of the prestigious Colombo marathon will get underway on October 8 in Colombo the commercial capital of Sri Lanka, the island nation in the Indian Ocean.

The organisers, Lanka Sportreizen, anticipates that there will be approximately 10,000 runners taking part in different categories of races which will create an important milestone in the Sri Lankan Sports History.

It is the only International Marathon in Sri Lanka registered with the Association of International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS), the governing body for Long Distance Running at IAAF and been awarded the voting rights at the AIMS World Congress as the 54th Member amongst 56 Voting Members out of 110 countries comprising of 420 races in the World.

This event was created with a view of boost the image of Sri Lanka as a safe and secure tourist destination where people live in harmony and also t promote Sri Lanka as an ideal destination for Recreational Activities.


In addition fostering  the habit of participation in similar events among the school children and the youth of Sri Lanka and to unearth the talent of the Sri Lankans by providing an opportunity to run alongside international runners will also be forcussed with this international event.


The Event will be starting at 6.00 am in close proximity to the Bandaranaike Memorial International Convention Hall (BMICH) Colombo 07 and will continue along the newly measured route by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) .


The total expenditure for the conduct of this event is approximately Rs. 24.2 million out of which an amount of Rs.2.5 million is expected to be distributed amongst the various winners

In the past, this Event has been conducted from Colombo to Negombo. However, with the development of the City of Colombo, it has been decided that Fun Runs of 5Km & 10Km will be held in a Circular Route within the City Limits of Colombo, which will showcase the Beauty and Nature of the City of Colombo.


 The 16th Edition of the Event was concluded gloriously with a gathering of more than 7500 runners, from 44 countries, including more than 250 foreign athletes representing all the continents of the world on the 02ndOctober 2016.

Kenyan runner Joseph Gitau Kariuki emerged winner of the 16th edition  LRS Colombo Marathon men’s open event and the women’s Open event was also won by a Kenyan runner. Margaret Wangui Njuguna


This Event is supported by the Sri Lanka’s Ministry of Sports, Ministry of Tourism, Ministry of Law & Order and Sothern Development, the Ministry of Education, the Western Provincial Council, SriLankan Airlines, Athletic Association of Sri Lanka, relevant  Pradeshiya Sabhas & Municipal Councils, Tri Forces and Print and Electronic Media organizations.

It was with this objective that in 1998 the LSR International Marathon was introduced in Galle, which has developed progressively over the last 16 editions and now has become a major event in the Sports Calendar in ASIA. 

Lanka Sportreizen (LSR) being a pioneer in organizing Water & Nature based Sports Activities with the objective of boosting the image of Sri Lanka as a destination for Recreational Activities, has an unblemished record over the past three decades for organizing and conducting unique events.

Going down memory lane with some of the events they have authored include the “Sri Lanka T-Cup”- Road Cycling Race, “Rumble in the Jungle” – Mountain Biking Challenge, “ Vittel Amazon” Adventure Challenge, “WQS  Surfing with the Australian Surfing Professionals” ,”Sri Lankan Golf Classic”.

Sri Lanka, the island nation known for the game of cricket and it has made a remarkable impact on nation’s recognition on the world sport and Colombo Marathon will make its way up to same status as it’s getting more popular among the sports loving public of the world , specially with distance running.

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