The Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon (SCMM), a sporting extravaganza that has put India on the global distance running map, enthralled the city yet again with its 14th edition on 15 January 2017.
Over 42,000 participants from 34 different corners of the world, including 33 states in India, converged in the maximum city to run; conquering barriers, giving the run their all, and emerging victorious in an event that has sparked a revolution of sorts.
The USD 387,000 event saw Tanzania’s Alphonce Simbu and Kenya’s Bornes Kitur triumph, winning with a time of 2:09:32 and 2:29:02 respectively to take home the first prize of USD 42,000 each.
Simbu, fifth at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, confirmed his rising status in the world of marathon running by hitting the front with 800 metres to go and sprinting away for victory after a duel over the last five kilometers with Kenyan surprise package Joshua Kipkorir.
By contrast to the thrilling two-man battle over the final seven kilometres, Bornes Kitur marked her authority on the women’s race soon after the halfway point and ran the majority of the second half on her own.
It was a close finish for the Indian men with the finalists neck and neck until the 30 km mark. Sprinting across the finish line, Kheta Ram came in first; clinching the title with a time of 2:19:51.
Racing across the finish line from the Indian elite women was an elated and confident Jyoti Gawte from Maharashtra who finished with a time of 2:50:53.
Today, SCMM has become a focal rallying point because it highlights the best of Mumbai and how glorious this country can be. The event returns to Mumbai on January 21 2018, till then… Stay healthy & keep running!