Last week, Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon Get Active Expo 2014 was inaugurated at the MMRDA Grounds, BandraKurla Complex by Neha Dhupia. The first time runner said , “I am very excited to be here and be a part of the Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon. I would encourage you all to run for the event. It does not matter, whether you run fast or slow , its important you participate and those who do not participate are losers.”
The Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon Get Active Expo 2014 was underway until yesterday, January 12 between 11.00 am to 7.00 pm. The Get Active Expo, organised and marketed by Radio Mirchi Activations, and served as a venue for all confirmed participants from Mumbai and its surrounding areas to come and collect their running numbers along with the goodie bags. Outstation runners can collect their running numbers and goodie bags on January 18th between 11.00 am and 5.00 pm at the World Trade Centre, Cuff Parade.
11th Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon to be flagged off from CST on Sunday, January 19, 2014 will see defending champions Lynghkoi Binning and Lalita Babbar back in action for the full marathon. Binning will face opposition from Ram Singh Yadav, who clocked 2:16.59 in 2012, to also qualify for the London Olympics. Binning has a fastest time of 2:20.12 on this course, and would look to get to his personal best of 2:17.33.
Elam Singh of ASI, Pune, Karan Singh, V L Dangi, Budha Ram, Sanvroo Yadav, Arvind Kumar Yadav, and K C Ramu are participants. In all, 28 elite Indian full marathoners will begin. The women’s full marathon has been dominated by Lalita Babbar these past 2 years, and a hat-trick may be on it’s way. Babbar will face competition from Vijay Mala Patil, Rohini Raut, Neelam Rajput, Bhagwati Devi, Anisa Devi, M Sudha, Manisha Salunkhe, Rashmi Gurnule and Supriya Patil.
Men’s half marathon sees contention from Shoji Mathew, BC Tilak, Indrajeet Patel, Yogesh Sardesai, Ajay Bir Singh and Vishram Meena. Women’s half marathon will see Sudha Singh, Kavita Raut, Monika Raut, Swati Gadhwe and Seema compete.