By Renil Abraham
Mumbai hosted the 13th edition of Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon 2016 on Sunday. With an all-time high of 40285 registrations, a bevy of runners and long distance athletes from across the globe flocked the roads in Mumbai to run as if they stole something. Who wouldn't for a prize money of $377000? This also makes the SCMM 2016 one of the most expensive sports affairs this year.
With different categories such as Full Marathon, Half Marathon, Dream Run, DHL Corporate Champions, Senior Citizens Run, Champions with Disability and the Police Cup, the race track opened at 5 am in the morning at the Worli Dairy.
The half marathon, an exciting sprint of 21 km had its finishing point at CST. The view of more than 40,000 people running on the roads of Mumbai was an enthralling sight. One could say that the runners were akin to performers at an event, as onlookers cheered them on and various groups of musicians played dhol and the trumpet.
A few athletes took the opportunity to shake their legs to those beats and popular Bollywood songs that were being played. The onlookers provided ample support to the runners through their supportive cheers that created an atmosphere of positivity at the event. "What motivated me the most was the crowd support", said Prabhakar from Bangalore, a third time participant in the Mumbai Marathon. The Marathon also upped the glamour quotient with actor John Abraham joining the team as the face of Mumbai Marathon 2016.
102 ex-military veterans ran the Half Marathon as a part of the #jiojawan campaign, with zeal and spirit, they crossed the finishing line in one hour, 57 minutes and 26 seconds (1:57:26). The event was also graced by centenarian Fauja Singh, the 104-year-old man proved that excuses won't work. An inspiration for perhaps everyone in the world, he flew down to the city from London exclusively for this event.
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