Sunday's Mumbai marathon will be a riot of colours as participants in the Dream Run will be garbed in a variety of costumes.
This year's marathon will see Rae Sport, an adventure company, supporting the Salaam Mumbai Foundation to raise funds. "We promote eco-friendly water sports and since it is the year of the dragon we will be promoting dragon-boating as a sport in India," said Rajiv Bhatia, director, Rae Sport.
Their team will carry a 50-foot long dragon held by long sticks; three people will carry smaller 15-foot dragons. "Through the Dragon Boat we wish to spread happiness as it signifies spirit of joy and celebration," said Bhatia.
Shrimad Rajchandra Mission, a group promoting the philosophy of Jainism was the winner of group costume awards for the last two years; this time it is participating in the event with its theme of One World. "The idea behind the theme is to motivate everyone about unity," said Alpa Gandhi, head of communication, Shrimad Rajchandra Mission.
There will be 34 volunteers who will be wearing costumes highlighting the One World theme. The tableaux will include a large globe in the centre of a circular formation of 10 volunteers with headgears highlighting the importance of health, education, environment and animals. The volunteers will sing jingles with the messages. Another NGO, Society for Education of Crippled Children (SECC), will have its 67 participants in the wheelchair run wearing costumes depicting the spirit of Mumbai. "We want to show the importance of womens' safety," said Manju Uttamchandani, program consultant, SECC.