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Race for a good cause

The Mumbai Marathon, to be held on Sunday, is drawing people from all walks of life. In its third year, celebrities, corporates and NGOs are taking part to raise funds to the tune of Rs 5 crore.

india Updated: Jan 14, 2006 04:40 IST
Megha Sood

The Mumbai Marathon, to be held on Sunday, is drawing people from all walks of life. In its third year, celebrities, corporates and NGOs are taking part to raise funds to the tune of Rs 5 crore. A part of the Mumbai Festival, the event is among the top 10 marathons in the world.

The participants would run under the various race categories of the Marathon (42.195 km), Half Marathon (21.097 km), Dream Run (7 km), Senior Citizens’ Run (5 km) and Wheelchair Event (3.5 km).

Prominent personalities participating are Reliance Industries’ vice-chairman Anil Ambani, Kapil Dev, hockey ace Dhanraj Pillai, actors John Abraham, Rahul Bose, Tara Sharma and Mandira Bedi and yesteryear heroine Tanuja, all of whom have appealed to Mumbaikars to join in and raise funds.

International celebrity athletes such as world marathon record holder Paul Tergat, world long jump record holder Mike Powell, British runner Zola Budd, former Marathon Cup winner Richard Nerurkar and ex-Olympic and world 400 metres champion Michael Johnson are also participating.

Visually challenged Henry Wanyoike, who is the world track champion and goodwill ambassador of Standard Chartered’s ‘Seeing is Believing’ programme, is also participating.

“I’m running for the Akshara Center, which focuses primarily on gender equality. For the marathon, I’ll be accompanied by about 100 boys and girls, who’ve also committed to this cause,” said actor Rahul Bose.

The Marathon, which is a part of the Greatest Race On Earth (GROE), is offering prize money of $210,000, with a meticulously chosen route that showcases Mumbai in all its splendour.

The BMC has also made arrangements for the big day. “We have given all necessary permission to the organisers for the pandals, stage, etc. Over 600 people have been deployed to clean the 22 km stretch. We are also going to wash the entire stretch before the race,” said BMC deputy commissioner of Zone 1 S.S. Shinde, who is also in-charge of the Marathon.

“The repairing work of all potholes on the track is also on since the past one week. We have provided water at various spots for the participants and around 100 mobile toilets in areas of Azad Maidan,” he added.

Certain traffic restrictions are also to be observed.