Reasons to celebrate Mumbai Marathon's 10th anniversary.

 

The Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon has been hugely responsible for starting the distance running revolution in India. The 2013 edition was the 10th anniversary of this much loved event and in many ways it was a “reason to celebrate.”

 

The event which features a total of 5 race categories: Marathon, Half Marathon, Dream Run, Senior Citizens’ Run, and Champions with Disability (previously called Wheelchair Event), has seen a gradual increase in the Marathon and Half Marathon participants. This year, the total participation across categories touched 39,000 and for the first time, the participants in the Marathon category crossed the 4000 mark.

 

The Marathon and Half Marathon categories cater for those runners who have trained for six months or more to better their finish times. 

 

 

In order to ensure that only serious runners take part in these categories, it is mandatory for participants to have a timing certificate from any other AIMS certified event with finish times not more than those prescribed (http://www.procamrunning.in/scmm/COFIRMATION-CRITERIA#MyAnchor). 

 

The Marathon and Half Marathon routes pass along some of the most well known landmarks in the city. A few of these are  Haji Ali Mosque, Siddhivinayak Temple, and the iconic Rajiv Gandhi Sea Link.

 

The Dream Run is the most colourful race category with participants having the option to dress up in costumes and have fun on the run. Dream Run participants who are dressed in costumes compete for prizes in a costume contest that takes place prior to the start of the Dream Run.

 

As the name suggests, the Senior Citizens’ Run, is for those Senior Citizens (more than 60 years of age) who are young at heart. It is a delight to see the more mature enjoying singing and dancing on the streets.

 

 

The Champions with Disability category was earlier called the Wheelchair Event. From the 2013 edition, this category was opened to individuals with other disabilities viz. Physical/locomotor disability, intellectual impairment, visual impairment, hearing impairment, and orthopaedic or neurological disorder.

The international event ambassadors visiting the Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon have all been athletes of acclaim. Paul Tergat, Stephen Ovett, Linford Christie, Gabriela Szabo have all been ambassadors of the event. This year’s event ambassador was one of the greatest distance runners of all time, Haile Gebrselassie, and he endorsed the event as one of the best races he has witnessed.


The profile of the elite athletes participating in the Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon has also improved, which was evident with a course record being set in the Elite Men and Elite Women categories. 

20th January 2013
Mumbai
India
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