Mumbai Marathon offers the city, which doesn’t really boast of a running culture, a chance to put on their training shoes, stretch their weary legs and pound the tar and concrete on the roads with every stride.
Over 39,000 people early on Sunday kicked off the ninth edition of Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon 2012 from the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) in south Mumbai.
Bollywood actor John Abraham and former tennis player Vijay Amritraj were also present as the two event ambassadors of the marathon. About 38,775 runners are expected to participate in this event, which is now considered among the top marathons in the world.
Befittingly the total prize money has been increased to $340,000, an increase of $15,000 over what was on offer last year. While the runners from Africa, especially those from Ethiopia and Kenya, will renew their rivalry and hope to pocket the big purse, the marathon offers Indian athletes a bigger cake — a chance to win a berth for the London Olympics.
Snapshots of Mumbai Marathon 2012
African domination continued at the Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon as Kenya’s Laban Moiben and Ethiopian Netsanet Abeyo bagged the top honours in men’s and women’s categories in the ninth edition today.
Among the Indians, veteran long distance runner Ram Singh Yadav booked his berth for the London Olympics.
The top winners in the two categories got a prize money of USD 36,000 each.
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