17th LSR Colombo Marathon 2017

Lanka Sportreizen 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” etc. We firmly believe that by providing opportunities for such activities in Sri Lanka, the country could be positioned as a paradise for Recreational Activities.

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. 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.

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 02nd October 2016.This was awarded the “Sports Brand of the Year” at the SLT Silk Sports Awards 2016, the first Annual Sports Awards Ceremony in Sri Lanka.

This year’s Event – the 17th Edition of the series, which is now a Calendar Event of the Ministry of Sports is scheduled to be held on Sunday the 08th of October 2017 in Colombo, the Commercial Capital of Sri Lanka. 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. 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. 

Main Objectives of the Event-

• To boost further the image of Sri Lanka as a safe and secure tourist destination where people live in harmony.
• To promote Sri Lanka as an ideal destination for Recreational Activities.
• To foster the habit of participation in similar events among the school children and the youth of the country.
• To unearth the talent of the Sri Lankans by providing an opportunity to run alongside international runners.
• To introduce the “Fun Running” culture to the Sri Lankan society and thereby to promote the concept – “Healthy Society.”

The Event will be starting at 6.00 am in close proximity to the BMICH Colombo 07 and will continue along the newly measured route by the IAAF. The Route is from Bauddhaloka Mw., R.G. Senanayake Mw., Maitland Crescent, Horton Place, Kolluptitya / Sri Jayawardenapura Road, Sir Marcus Fernado Mw., Albert Crescent, Independence Avenue, Philip Gunawardena Mw., Thunmulla Junction, Bauddhaloka Mw., Jawatta Road, Ven. Muruththettuwe Ananda Himi Mw., Torrington Avenue, Bauddhaloka Mw., Maitland Place, Independence Avenue, Maitland Crescent, Maitland Place, Vidya Mw., Wijerama Mw., Bauddhaloka Mw., Borella Kanaththa Junction, Baseline Road, Peliyagoda, Nawaloka Roundabout, Negombo / Colombo Road, Hekiththa Junction, Hekiththa Road, Canal Road, Bopitiya Road, Pamunugama Road up to Dunagalpitiya.

This Event is supported by the 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.

Registration/For more information about the Event please visit : www.colombomarathon.com
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