The Mumbai Marathon (known as the TataMumbai Marathon for sponsorship reasons by Tata Consultancy Services (TCS)), is an annual international marathon held in Mumbai, India, on the third Sunday of January every year. It is the largest marathon in Asia as well as the largest mass participation sporting event on the continent. It is the richest race in India with a prize pool of USD 405,000.
The Mumbai Marathon has six different race categories: Marathon (42.195 km), Half Marathon (21.097 km), Dream Run (6 km), Senior Citizens' Run (4.3 km), Champions with Disability (2.4 km), and a Timed 10K.
The course records set in 2013 were the fastest times ever run for a marathon in India in the women's marathon category – 2:24:33 by the women's winner Valentine Kipketer, Kenya. In 2016, Gideon Kipketer broke the men's marathon record, completing the race in 2:08:35.
The marathon is an event where people from all walks of life participate including Bollywood celebrities, sports personalities, business tycoons and amateur athletes.
Inspired by the London Marathon, Procam International believed that Mumbai would support such a road race. The first event was held in 2004, then titled as the Standard Chartered Mumbai International Marathon.
The race became an IAAF Silver Label Road Race in 2009. The IAAF elevated the race to an IAAF Gold Label Road Race in 2010. Currently it is categorized as Silver Label Road Race by IAAF[better source needed].
In 2005 Mumbai Marathon was included as one of the legs of "The Greatest Race on Earth". The other three legs of this four-marathon race were the Singapore Marathon, the Nairobi Marathon and the Hong Kong Marathon.
Mumbai Marathon is the property of Procam International Pvt. Ltd., a Mumbai based sports management company. Procam International also owns other road races in India such as the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon, Tata Consultancy Services World 10K Bangalore, and Tata Steel Kolkata 25K.
The six categories cater to different participants. They are the Marathon (42.195 km), Half Marathon (21.097 km), Dream Run (6 km), Senior Citizens Event (4.3 km), and Champions with Disability Event (2.4 km). The Timed 10K has been introduced from the 2018 edition of the Mumbai Marathon.
The marathon starts opposite Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus Mumbai. It passes many of the city’s iconic locations such as Flora Fountain, Marine Drive, Chowpatty, Haji Ali, Mahim Church, and the Bandra–Worli Sea Link. The London marathon winner and the secretary of the Association of International Marathons and Distance Races, Hugh Jones, is the race director.
Key: Course record
The event helped bridge the gap between Indian elite athletes and the international elite. Mumbai Marathon provides Indian runners with a platform to compete with the best in the world. The dream of qualifying for the London Olympics became a reality for Ram Singh Yadav, who clocked his best marathon time of 2:16:59 at the 2012 edition.
The Mumbai Marathon is India’s largest charity platform for non-profit organisations to raise funds. NGOs represent causes such as arts, culture and sports, civic and community development, disability, education, environment and wildlife, health, human rights, social services, vocational training, and women, children and the aged. Organizations register with the Event’s official Philanthropy Partner, United Way Mumbai. Some NGOs used this event as a platform to raise awareness for their work, and some to directly raise funds. Fundraising is facilitated by an easy-to-use model designed for all groups to raise funds.
Over ₹1.9 billion (USD 29 million) has been raised from year 2004 to year 2017.
The first race in 2004 had 22,000 participants and raised ₹14.4 million (USD $269,000). Both the number of participants and amount of money raised rose drastically over the years with 30,000 people running in 2007 (₹79.4 million, USD $1,490,000). The 2017 edition hosted 42,000 runners (₹ 329 million USD 5,087,761).
This special category is meant for highly motivated individuals who feel passionately about a cause and commit to raise a substantial sum of funds. Over the years, the Dream Team has seen a mix of business magnates, celebrities, socialites, NGO trustees and students. Levels include:
- Dream Champion – minimum pledge of INR 1 million.
- Dream Wizard – minimum pledge of INR 500,000
- Dream Maker – minimum pledge of INR 100,000
The Corporate Challenge is a category for companies who wish to sponsor employee teams to participate in event and raise funds. 166 companies fielded 257 Corporate Challenge teams at Mumbai Marathon 2013.
United Way Mumbai is Mumbai Marathon's Philanthropy Partner. UWM assumes the role of a "Philanthropy Exchange" for charities and non-profit organizations that register with the Event. The Philanthropy Partner's roles are to:
- Facilitate & supplement pledge raising efforts of individuals, companies and NGOs.
- Create, build and communicate the Charity Structure.
- Work on all aspects of Charity like registrations, race day logistics, communications and receiving donations.
- Accounting & reconciling of Pledges.
- Disbursement of funds to beneficiary NGOs.
- 80G receipts to all donors.
UWM maintains neutrality and ensures a level playing field among all participating NGOs. UWM also serves as an assurance to the donor that the NGO and the cause for which money is being donated are credible.
Flame of Marathon
Mumbai Marathon was the youngest marathon to be awarded the "Flame of the Marathon". It was flown in from Greece by Maria Polyzou, Greek Marathon Champion and Director of the Museum of Marathon Runs. They were received by then Mayor of Mumbai Smt. Shraddha Jadhav at Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport. The flame was carried by sports luminaries, celebrities, sponsors/partners and dignitaries from the government in a flame relay to the Hutatma Chowk in Fountain, Mumbai. The participants of the torch relay were celebrities including Priya Dutt, Jaspal Bindra, Rahul Bose, John Abraham, Shobha De, Milind Soman, Dhanraj Pillay and Kiran More.
To commemorate Mumbai Marathon's 10th edition, a rolling trophy was instituted, to be handed over to the men’s and women’s marathon champions.
The trophy was unveiled by Shri K. Sankaranarayanan, (then) Governor of Maharashtra.
The trophy was designed by artist and sculptor Shri Paresh Maity.
The international ambassadors for the Mumbai Marathon have been:
Bollywood actor John Abraham is the Face of the Event.
The Tata Group recognized the city level winners from the South Zone (Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Pondicherry) of the 5th annual ‘Tata Building India School Essay Competition - 2010-11', recently at The Russian centre of Science & Culture, Chennai. The winners were selected from a competitive pool of students through 15 city level competitions conducted in 4 cities for English and 13 for Tamil.
The English edition of the essay competition was held across Chennai, Coimbatore, Cochin and Trivandrum with 175 schools participating while the Tamil edition was held across Chennai, Kanchipuram, Vellore, Pondicherry, Trichy, Dindigul, Madurai, Tirunelvelli, Nagerkoil, Villupuram, Thiruvanamalai, Coimbatore and Salem with 425 schools participating, attracting a total of over 3.5 lakh students.
The awards ceremony was held at The Russian centre of Science & Culture in Chennai and the chief guest at the event, renowned academic. P. Aravindan- Vice Chancellor,
Dr. M.G.R. Educational & Research Institute, awarded trophies and gift certificates to the winners. The winning essays at the city level will be further judged by a prominent jury for national level recognition.
The theme for the 2010-11 edition of the essay competition was ‘Poverty reduction' . Speaking on the occasion, P. Aravindan, Vice Chancellor, Dr. M.G.R. Educational & Research Institute,said, “ This is a good platform for young students to hone their skills. This will go a long way in nurturing talent and assist them to become strong contenders to represent the country at international level. I urge more companies to take up this initiative. ”.
The competition is a unique initiative undertaken by the Tata group of companies to motivate the youth towards nation building. It provides a unique platform to showcase their expressions in writing, on a host of subjects related to nation building.
Snehal Pinto Guest of Honor and ISISC president “I would like to congratulate the winners. You are the future leaders of this county; I want to thank the Tatas for giving this opportunity to the students. This trophy is only a small beginning in your journey. No matter what challenges come your way, you will go ahead and succeed. ”.
Tata Building India School Essay Competition 2010-2011
The Tata Building India School Essay Competition is one of the key initiatives undertaken by the Tata group of companies to motivate the youth of India towards thinking about nation building. It provides a unique platform to showcase their expressions in writing, on a host of subjects related to nation building.
Started in 2006 with 6 cities and 1 lakh students in English language, the competition has grown manifold to become India's largest essay competition touching almost 2 million students across 8 languages in 2010-11.
The current year program is set to yet again touch 2 million students in 5000+ schools nationwide. The idea of the competition has been very well received by both the students and the teaching fraternity reflected by the overwhelming response from participating schools and students. It is the belief of the Tata group of companies that the young minds of the country, if directed positively, can bring greater recognition and glory to the nation.
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