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Mumbai Marathon

By on January 31, 2018 in Announcement with 1 Comment

Mumbai marathon

The largest marathon in Asia as well as the largest mass participation sporting event in the sub continent, the Mumbai marathon was recently held on the 21st of January. The annual event takes place every year in January, on the 3rd Sunday of the month. Perhaps the numero uno of Indian marathons, the Mumbai marathon is participated in by people from all walks of life, be it Bollywood celebrities, be it financial honchos, be it working professionals or be it college going students. It’s of no surprise that the success of Mumbai marathon spawned a whole host of marathons in other parts of India, most notable amongst them being the Delhi half marathon. Sufficient it would be to say that like the Gateway of India, Marine Drive, vada pav and the local trains, this marathon is one of those things that form the soul of Mumbai.

History of Mumbai marathon: From conceptualization to present day popularity

An idea of Procam International Pvt. Ltd., a sports management company based in Mumbai, the first Mumbai marathon took place in the year 2004. Basically inspired by the London Marathon, the thought process of Procam International was that likewise in London, people in Mumbai would be open towards participating in a marathon, moreover, elite international marathon runners would also be willing to participate in it. The first Mumbai Marathon, held in the year 2004 only reaffirmed their faith with people of all hues flocking to participate in it. In the year 2009, Mumbai marathon became an IAAF silver label road race and consequently a gold label road race the next year, a prestige bestowed on very few marathons across the globe. As of today, the Mumbai marathon is one of the most eagerly awaited marathon across the globe, participated in by amateurs and the most elite athletes from the world over.

The marathon

The Mumbai marathon consists of 6 different races, catering to different participants

  • Full marathon – 42.195 km
  • Half marathon – 21.097 km
  • Dream run – 6 km
  • Senior citizens race – 4.3 km
  • Race for differently abled persons – 2.4 kms
  • Timed 10 km race ( introduced in the marathon from this year )
  • The course for the Mumbai marathon passes through some of the city’s most iconic locations. The race starts from the opposite the Chatrapati Shivaji Terminus and proceeds through Marine drive, Haji ali, Flora fountain, Mahim and the Bandra Worli sea link. The race starts at 5.40 A.M for the amateur full & half marathons and 7.10 A.M for the elite marathon.

Some interesting facts about the Mumbai marathon

  • Along with being one of the top ten marathons in the world, the Mumbai marathon over the years has also become one of the largest fund raising events in India. The marathon and the associated philanthropic activities in cooperation with NGOs have managed to raise INR 196 crores till date
  • The Mumbai marathon also has one of the biggest prize money for winners and participants. This year the total prize money was 405,000 U.S $
  • A timing certificate is mandatory for participation in the half and full marathon. It can be availed by participating in any of the other marathons that are deemed to be good enough to be considered as a qualifier
  • Unlike a majority of other marathons, Mumbai marathon is different in a sense that it allows amateurs to start before the elite athletes, the opposite of a lot of marathons across the world, where the elite athletes start first
  • In the year 2005, the Mumbai marathon was included as one of the legs of the greatest race on Earth, with the other legs of this race being Singapore, Nairobi and Hong Kong marathons

Spirit of Mumbai marathon

Mumbai, the city known for it’s fabled spirit turns out in large numbers every year to participate in the marathon. Like all events, the marathon also means different things to different participants, spirit of joy for some, spirit of self improvement for some, to spirit of survival for some. As many people have said, in this cut throat world where anxiety and restlessness reign supreme, marathons offer an undiluted opportunity to experience the joys of life, to assess oneself and his/her life. The basic prerequisite for an event to be considered successful is that it should inherit the soul of the place where it is based and yet should allow people from all across the globe to seamlessly participate. The Mumbai marathon does this like no other marathon anywhere, it inherits everything that is so intrinsic to Mumbai. The marathon and the city of Mumbai complement each other wonderfully, this is what makes the marathon one of the best in the world.


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