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Mumbai is obsessed with candle marches, marathons

mumbai Updated: Jan 16, 2011 00:48 IST
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In its eighth year, the Mumbai marathon has become a necessity for many Mumbaiites and this is a good thing. It’s high time youngsters switched off their computers and started exercising.
People from all walks of life join the marathon to test their physical abilities, while extending their might for a charitable cause. We should have more such events to shed our lethargy.
Vanita Shenoy

Marathon spreads public awareness
It is matter of pride to see the marathon participants run for a cause that he believes in. Most importantly, it is a great channel to spread public awareness.
This event offers a platform for every Mumbaiite to adopt a healthy regime, and what better way to begin than at the marathon where the crowd is cheering you on.
Some runners also convey a message by supporting a cause, such as helping street children, malnutrition and education. Even handicapped people cannot resist the enthusiasm, and roll their wheels to participate in the special event. If running a marathon is a fad, it is a worthy fad for
uplifting the society.
Jayesh Vora

Cheer the runners to the finish line
The Mumbai marathon, every year, reaffirms the spirit of the city. A citizen’s voice is the most powerful weapon and this event provides a platform to feel united for all the causes that deserve to be noticed.
We cannot undermine the genuine efforts of the people who leave everything behind and join hands for a peaceful, healthy run.
Sumita Ghosh

Don’t need fanfare for health regime
The Mumbai marathon is nothing but a fad. For running, one does not need fanfare. You do not need to close down roads for it. One can run any time one likes, in the local garden or the building compound.
The Mumbai Marathon has become a commercial venture for its affiliated parties. The cleaning is done by the BMC, and the Mumbai Police offers additional security. It means, the taxpayers’ money is spent for a private event.
The BMC has finally woken up and demanded an enquiry into the transactions made by organisers. There has been a long-standing dispute between the organisers and the BMC over payment of dues. Instead of closing the sealink for a marathon, the government can earn more revenue by ferrying tourists on the sealink on a holiday.
Without making a big deal about it, people can just hit the park and leave the traffic alone. We don’t need to be telecast live for a fitness regime.
Deendayal Lulla

Marathon reflects the spirit of Mumbai
Marathon is a part of the world’s biggest sporting event, which is clubbed with the opportunity to do charity. For all those who didn’t take part this year, it is time to start gearing up for next year. Pledge to charity, pledge to run the marathon.
Bhalchandra Waghe

Marathon really a fashion statement
Time and again, Indians have been lured into things that are essentially a fashion statement; from burning candles to enrolling in the city marathon. What for? If we want to help the unprivileged ones, all we need to do is help in the real way. Food packets, blankets, and monetary help wherever necessary could be done without telling anyone.
But no one wants to do that till the media follows them sprinting in branded shoes and new clothes.
Pretty Kt Mirchandani