Belt and Road Relay in Colombo | Sunday Observer

Belt and Road Relay in Colombo

  Participants awaiting the starters orders for the Belt and Road Relay at the Independence Square, Colombo.
Participants awaiting the starters orders for the Belt and Road Relay at the Independence Square, Colombo.

The Sri Lanka leg of the Standard Chartered Banks Belt and Road Relay concluded on Tuesday at the Independence square with the participation o feight foreign runners representing Asia, Middle East, Europe, Africa and the Americas. These foreigners selected from Standard Chartered Banks were joined by 28 runners who serve the Bank in Colombo in the Relay.

These runners who commenced the Relay in Hong Kong are scheduled to run in all parts of the world in 90 days covering the above mentioned five regions within this period. The final run is scheduled to be held in China in mid May.

The Relay proper started off in Hong Kong on February 17 in conjunction with the Standard Chartered Bank Hong Kong Marathon which attracted over 70,000 runners. Standard Chartered Bank which serves in 86 countries has selected 44 countries including Sri Lanka for this first ever Global running event. Herman Kambugu from Uganda representing the African region was the first to complete the run in Sri Lanka. The participants had to run a distance of three laps each comprising 2.8 kilo meters. It was notable to see all foreigners and locals complete the course as expected.

The foreigners who participated are Therese Neo (Singapore), Danny Chang (Malaysia), Serena Leung (Hong Kong), Henry Li (China), Dina Elessaway (Dubai), Herman Kambugu Uganda) Lynsey McGarry (America) and Jack Missin (England). The eight member athletic team is managed by England’s Selina Donald. BP

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