Mumbai Marathon this weekend

Mumbaikars are always in a hurry and are constantly running for something. Weather it is catch the 8.40am local or the BEST, to reach the office on time, to catch a rick, or simply just to escape the peak hour traffic jam and reach home early. This weekend the city will run but this time it will be for a cause. With all the daily running, Marathon seems like a cakewalk. It’s the Marathon Weekend.

Yes around 30,000 runners, including 40 of the world’s 100 top athletes, will be participating in the fifth Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon, on Sunday. Thousands of Mumbai residents will line the over 20-km-long route from CST to Bandra Reclamation to see these super shuttles run.

The stars of the tinsel town, the biggies of the business world and also the highly sophisticated, prim and proper socialites will also be sighted running a pace or two. And I suppose that will be just enough for the media coverage. But can’t deny the fact that their brief presence will surely motivate the other runners.

Last year, the marathon raised almost Rs80 million for various charities involving 150 NGOs. This year, the organizers hope to raise almost Rs100 million. The Mumbai Marathon, which is the richest marathon in Asia and also features among the top ten marathons in the world, has emerged as the single largest charity event in India.
This year, the prize money has been raised by $10,000 to $240,000.

The Mumbai marathon includes five categories: the full marathon (42.195 km), the half marathon (21.097 km), the dream run (six-km), the senior citizens run (4.3-km), and the wheelchair event (2.5-km).
Did you know that our city has some professional marathon runners? Well I never had a clue so until I came across this website; click here to read his blog. I also read somewhere that there are some very senior citizen runners (90+ yrs old) too. The city never ceases to amaze me and this is one of the reason I love this city.

The dream runners will include celebrities like John Abraham, Vivek Oberoi, Rahul Bose and Suchitra Krishnamurthy (all Bollywood actors) and Revathy Menon, Madhavan, Khushboo and Rohini (from the celluloid world of the south).

So Are you ready to run ?

PS: Don’t forget your running your shoes :D

4 Comments so far

  1. Bobby Maharajh (unregistered) on January 17th, 2008 @ 3:20 pm

    Hi, I am the Head of the Department of Sport Studies at the Durban University of Technology in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. I will be in India in the middle of February 2008 and would like to meet, if possible, with a member or members of the organizing committee of the Mumbai Marathon.

    I am also the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Comrades Marathon Association which hosts the finest ultra-marathon in the world viz. the Comrades Marathon.

    Good luck with your forthcoming race.


  2. Viewer (unregistered) on January 17th, 2008 @ 4:36 pm

    @Bobby: Well I am not sure how you concluded that I am a part of the Mumbai Marathon organizers. I am no way related to this event nor am participating in the Marathon. This blog is all about the Mumbai City, hence I have blogged abt this major upcoming event.


  3. John (unregistered) on January 18th, 2008 @ 7:33 pm

    Congratulations for their charity works. I hope we can Ambani brothers also in the dream run list. I don’t know how Kushboo will run six KM – Impossible.
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  4. Birbal Saiwaiyan (unregistered) on January 23rd, 2008 @ 5:22 pm

    Ran in the Mumbai Half Marathon 2008 (Veterans category – am above 50 yerars). Finished in under 2 Hrs.

    Do you know of any upcoming 5K,10K, Half and Full Marathon race events in and round Mumbai? Kindly keep me posted.

    Regards,

    Birbal



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