The 13th edition of Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon (or SCMM) was graced by around 40,000 runners, including some of the finest international and domestic long-distance athletes. India's best long distance runners also vied for the top spot when they compete alongside world class athletes in the country's premier 42.195 km race, the Mumbai Marathon, held in Mumbai on Sunday (17th January).
The marathon will also include a six-kilometer race called 'Dream Run' for those who are 12 years old and above. It also has a 'Champions with Disability' race where the participant has to run a distance of 1.75 kilometer.
The star attractions include Olympic legend and an American former track and field athlete, Edwin Moses, and British-Indian centenarian marathon runner, the 104-year-old Fauja Singh, who also flagged off the event. Army personnel participated in the Mumbai Marathon; included thirteen war disabled retired from the Indian Army. Three female international splinters from India - OP Jaisha, Lalita Babar and Sudha Singh, also participated in the marathon race. Bollywood celebrity Katrina Kaif also participated in the marathon race. "I have never run a marathon before but I'm looking forward to the experience", said Katrina adding, "I am deeply inspired by the work done by the Swades Foundation. Their desire to create an India free from poverty is truly remarkable". Celebrities like actress Neha Dhupia, Mini Mathur, Poonam Narula and socialite Shobhaa De also ran the marathon to support their respective charities. “This is the first time I am running any marathon and I am very excited about it”, said the actress Neha Dhupia, who was running in support of NGO Concern India.
Indian leading splinter Kheta Ram, who won the Vasai Virar marathon 2015, is also hopeful of slicing nearly four minutes from his best of 2:22:32 seconds to qualify for Rio Olympics, while other splinter Yunus is keen to impress on his Marathon debut.
The marathon is an event where people from all walks of life including Bollywood celebrities, sports personalities, business tycoons and amateur athletes participate whole-heartingly. It is the largest marathon in Asia as well as the largest mass participation sporting event on the continent. It is also the richest race in India with a prize pool of USD $350,000 (over Rs. 2.35 crores). The event has also helped rise over Rs 150 crore for charity over the last 12 years.