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In Mumbai: 17,000 register for Thane marathon, civic body aims for 25,000

Varsha Marathon is the only monsoon marathon held on a large scale across the country, claims the corporation

mumbai Updated: Aug 10, 2017 23:20 IST
Megha Pol
Megha Pol
Hindustan Times
Preparations underway for Thane Mayor Varsha Marathon that will be held on Sunday. (Praful Gangurde )

The 28th Thane Mayor Varsha Marathon, which has a ‘smart city’ theme this year, will see people from all walks of life participate. From school alumni and artists to national and state level athletes, all will run on August 13 to help the city get a step closer to be called smart.

Till Thursday, 16,998 people had registered for it. The alumni of Saraswati Secondary School will participate in the 2-km run for fun category. Ninad Natu, a 1993 batch student of the school, said, “Around 40 to 50 alumni of our school will participate in the marathon. This will include students of batches from 1983 to 2016. We will run for the school. As the theme is smart city, the run will be for smart schools.”

Around 35 artists will also participate in the event. Sanjay Patil, one of the artists, said, “We will run in a marathon for the first time and have decided to run for art. Thane is a cultural city and the people should know the local artists and the form of art they excel in.”

Varsha Marathon is the only monsoon marathon held on a large scale across the country, claims the corporation. The run will be supervised by 200 referees, 52 pilots, 225 security guards and hundreds of volunteers. Time chips to keep track of time will be installed in the athletes’ shoes for participation in 21-km and 15-km run for men and women. The chips will also be installed for adult 10-km runners. This will ensure transparency in the marathon results.

An officer from the sports department said, “We have got 16,998 registrations so far and expect few thousands more to register for the event. We have a target of 25,000 contestants. The well-known national level artists include Rekha Rangatte, Gauri Bhogle, Sharad Bhandar and Swapnil Sriram among others. The marathon will be flagged off at 6.30am.”

Special buses and train services will be arranged for students and outstation participants to reach the venue. To aid the runners, the TMC has also facilitated free medical check-ups and primary healthcare centres along the entire route.

First Published: Aug 10, 2017 23:20 IST