Over 7,500 runners at Colombo Marathon

The 15th Edition of the Lanka Sportsreizen Colombo Marathon which will take Sri Lanka’s name to globally recognized marathon calendar, flags off in close proximity to the Ministry of Sports on October 4 at 6.00am.

Over 7500 athletes including around 175 foreigners from 30 countries are expected to run in this year’s Colombo Marathon and among them will be last year’s winners in both men/ Women – Open Marathon.

Last year’s marathon saw Sri Lanka’s Geethani Rajasekara renewing the Lankan record for the women’s marathon when she came in second. Rajasekera ran the first full marathon in her career and later went on to compete at the Beijing IAAF Athletics World Championships. Kenyans swept away most of the honours with Kenya’s Winfridah Kwamboka Too Jepkite winning the gold. Kenyans dominated last year’s men’s full marathon too, winning all three podium finishes with Geoffrey Birgan winning the gold.

Chairman of Lanka Sportreizen Thilak Weerasinghe said that participation has increased this year and athletes from 29 countries have already registered. “Local participation has also gone up. This is a good opportunity for local marathon runners to make use of challenge from foreign athletes to record better timing. We are happy to witness the growth of the LSR Colombo Marathon to be the Only Sporting Event in Sri Lanka which has been granted a permanent spot in the annual global sporting calendar,” he added.

LSR Colombo Marathon, introduced by Lanka Sportreizen – a leading Travel agency specialized in water and nature based activities, now in its 15th year has consolidated its position in the Sri Lankan Sporting Calendar as one of the most sought after events in the country.

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