Close to 40,000 participants are expected to take the starter’s flag in the different race categories of the ninth edition of the Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon, an IAAF Gold Label event, to be run on January 15, 2012.
Already the richest marathon in Asia, the Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon 2012, will now offer an enhanced prize purse of USD 340,000, an increase of USD 15,000 over what was on offer in 2011. The increase in prize money is in keeping with the stature of the event, tagged as amongst the top ten marathons in the world.
The Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon has always attracted some of the best marathoners from around the world and 2011 was a watershed year in terms of elite performances, when, for the first time the 2:10 barrier was broken. Ethiopia’s Girma Assefa stopped the clock at 2:09.54 and lead the top three finishers below the 2:10 mark. The 2012 edition is expected to attract another cracker of a field with an attempt to further lower the course record.
For the first time in the history of the event, the top three finishers among the amateur marathoners will also be given prize money, an incentive that should work towards attracting amateur runners from around the world to come and participate in the event, which is Mumbai’s largest sporting and social extravaganza.
The Full Marathon will see 2,500 participants, while the Half Marathon has been oversubscribed, with registrations closed at 13,000 participants. The Dream Run category was sold out in a couple of days and has been capped at 22,000. The two thousand senior citizens and 300 wheelchair participants will make up the remaining numbers.
For the ninth edition of the event, confirmed applicants of the full marathon and half marathon will be eligible for priority line up on race day, based on their finish times.
The full marathon runners will be prioritized into four groups. Namely below four hours; four hours to under five hours; five hours to under six hours and six hours and above. The half marathoners will also be prioritized in four groups, namely under two hours; two hours to under two hours 30 minutes; two hours 30 minutes to under three hours and three hours and above.
The Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon has already raised close to Rs 55 crore towards charity in the eight editions and this edition’s figure is expected to eclipse the figure of Rs 12 crores that was raised through the 2011 edition.