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Sweating Mumbai downs 75,000 litres

Glucose supply was so high that even the organisers were unable to ascertain the stock, reports Soubhik Mitra.

india Updated: Jan 22, 2007 03:25 IST

Mumbai downed 75,000 litres of water at this year’s marathon, supplemented by a large glucose supply, which was poured at drink stations located every 2 km on the race route.

Glucose supply was so high that even the organisers were unable to ascertain the stock. “We had a stock of 75,000 litres of water, which was exhausted by the end of the race, but we have lost the track of glucose supplied,” said event spokesperson Bruno Goveas.

According to medical volunteers, the heat took a heavy toll on runners, with many being treated for dehydration, sprains and muscle spasms.

“I finished three bottles (500 ml each) by the time I reached Air India building. It was so hot that participants were not only consuming but also dousing themselves with water to cool themselves,” Viraf Sethna, a college student said.

However, according to Dr Ramakant Panda, vice president and cardiac surgeon at the Asian Heart Institute, this was by far the safest marathon in four years.

The institute, which had set up two 20-bed base camps and 10 smaller tents, treated around 350 runners including foreign athletes, during the event.

“I should have been carrying a water bottle. We miss out on simple things sometimes even after making elaborate preparations,” said Naresh Sahu while being treated for dehydration.

Meanwhile, empty water bottles almost triggered a riot-like situation with rag pickers squabbling to gather bottles strewn across Azad Maidan.

Timely police action managed to control the chaos from spilling inside the medical camp located a stones throw away.

Around 1,200 personnel, including additional commissioners of police from both the central and western zones, deputy commissioners of police from four zones, deployed to maintain security and traffic during the marathon. Also, 600 personnel were deployed by the traffic department.

The entire race map right from CST station to Bandra reclamation was cordoned with aluminum sheets, with spectators being allowed to watch only from pavements on the both the sides of the road. An Indian Navy chopper kept a constant vigil at the event.

Some traffic cops and crime branch officials also participated in the dream run, donning T-shirts with Madhur Bhandarkar’s Traffic Signal written on them.

Email Soubhik Mitra: soubhik.mitra@hindustantimes.com