By Amindha de Alwis
The Ministry of Youth and Sports, together with Lanka Sportreizen and the Sri Lanka Police are set to introduce a weekly event under the title ‘Family Run Saturday’ with the intention of promoting a healthy lifestyle among families.
The programme will be held every Saturday commencing on April 10 on a 5km measured course starting from Phillip Gunawardena Mawatha in Colombo from 6 am to 8 am.
One side of the road will be cordoned off during the two-hour duration of the event and police protection will be provided at major road intersections along the route.
In addition, there will be medical and feeding points at various locations along the 5 km stretch.
Minister of Youth and Sports Namal Rajapaksa, speaking at a media briefing announcing the launch of the programme, said, “This event will be conducted every Saturday morning starting at the Colombo Racecourse. Going forward, we hope to spread this initiative to other districts across the island as well.”
“Our aim is to make Sri Lanka the most active country in the South Asian region while promoting a healthy lifestyle and family-oriented culture,” he said.
There will be no registration for the event for which all members of the public are invited to take part.