India’s biggest marathon, the Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon returns this month with characteristic fanfare and pomp. The 2016 edition of SCMM will be held on January 17, 2016, kicking off at the iconic Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus in south Mumbai and running through the heart of the city.
Registrations have closed, and the runners are ready! Typically the Mumbai Marathon sees hordes of spectators cheering on in the marathon, half marathon and Dream Run categories. Here are the routes for the marathon and half marathon runs this Sunday.
Rio Olympics-bound and Asian Games medalists such as OP Jaisha, Lalita Babar, Sudha Singh and another top distance runner Kavita Raut, are all set to turn up at the 2016 SCMM. Jaisha, who was last year’s top Indian finisher at the marathon, and also set a national record with the win, will attempt to recreate the magic, before heading off to Rio.
2010 Asian Games steeplechase gold medalist Sudha. Babar, who has also qualified for the Rio Games in 3,000m steeplechase, is also taking part in the marathon, according to organisers Procam. She has been the top finisher among Indian women thrice in SCMM before. Kavita Raut, a medal winner in the 10,000m at Commonwealth and Asian Games events and the national record holder in the half marathon, is to compete in the full marathon for the first time, according to the organisers.
The prize money in this year’s edition has been increased by $17,000. The total prize money on offer is $377,000 with the winners and runners-up in both men and women’s full marathon taking home $41,000 and $21,000 each respectively.
The top 10 finishers get a cash prize in both International and Indian categories, while there are special prizes for amateur runners in different age categories.
Breaking the course record nets runners an extra bonus.
In addition to the cash prizes, winner medals will be presented to top 3 overall men & women elite finishers, top 3 Indian elite men & women finishers and top 3 finishers of each marathon age category.
In a first, the Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon has launched a mobile app for followers, runners and everyone who wants to know more about India’s largest marathon festival.
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