Disabled soldiers in come-back SLANA run

There were no barriers, as an enthusiastic crowd of over 500 people, women, children and disabled soldiers joined in the National Health Run last Sunday from Galle Face Green, displaying their support for the Sri Lanka Anti Narcotics Association’s (SLANA) efforts to stop drug abuse and promote a healthy lifestyle.

A soldier taking part in the ‘Heroic Run’ A female competitor doing her bit

The National Health Run, a traditional event of SLANA held each year for more than a decade, recorded a first this year, with disabled soldiers taking part in the event in a special category named ‘Heroic Run’. Other categories included one for those above 50 years of age, for those below 15 years and for women.

Bollywood actor Vivek Oberoi and Sri Lankan cricketer Mahela Jayawardena also supported SLANA’s effort and were a big crowd puller, encouraging the participants and presenting the awards.

The first National Health Run took place in 1991. Newly crowned Miss World and now a leading Bollywood actress Aishwarya Rai graced the event in 1995. From 2004 till last year, the event was not held due to the security situation in the country.

The SLANA Health Run was supported by the Police Narcotics Bureau, Sri Lanka Tri Forces, Wizcraft International Entertainment Private Limited with IIFA Awards, Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau and Wijeya Newspapers.

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