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Star-studded Mumbai marathon begins

india Updated: Jan 17, 2010 09:59 IST

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A star-studded race, the seventh Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon, got underway in Mumbai this morning amidst tight security and elaborate arrangements.

Over 38,000 people from the city, elsewhere in the country, foreigners, handicapped, senior citizens, students and other groups, raced their way in different categories in the total 42 km long marathon.

The prominent people seen participating at various points included Akshay Kumar, Gul Panag, Rahul Bose, John Abraham, Reitsh Deshmukh, Gulshan Grover. The race started from Chhatrpati Shivaji Terminus and wend its way through the Bandra-Worli Sea Link and back.

Tina Ambani, wife of industrialist Anil Ambani, remained in person to cheer the senior citizens who also launched their race. She boosted their morale by cheering and clapping.

"There is so much enthusiasm among them. They have feelings and emotions that inspire them to come out and run. It is our duty to encourage them and tell them to live life to the fullest," Tina Ambani remarked, even as a couple married for 78 years and racing together was cheered by the crowds.

Akshay, impressed by the seniors on the run, said more than giving them any inspiration, he had come to take inspiration and blessings from them.