Finish one of the greatest runs in India - TATA Mumbai Marathon - and be awarded the unique inspiration medal
From being the only Gold Label Event Race in India to being the part of AbbottWMM Wanda Age Group World Rankings, TATA Mumbai Marathon is amongst the top 10 marathons of the world. Adding to its stature is the splendid prize money of the marathon of Rs. 4,05,000 which makes it a grand experience of its kind.
The Tata Mumbai Marathon is synonymous to the DNA of the city that kick-started the running revolution in the country and is kaleidoscope of colours that represents the ethos of this city. From starting a health & fitness revolution that spawned over 1000 races in the country, to creating a springboard for Indian long- and middle-distance runners; the events has become a beacon of humanity and compassion. Tata Mumbai Marathon has transcended sport and successfully reinforced a bond with civil society making Tata Mumbai Marathon the largest fundraising platforms in this country. Since the inception of the marathon from the year 2004, The Mumbai Marathon raised USD 38 Million that has benefited 700 plus NGO’s.
Which added value do you offer the runners?
Innovation has always been the driving force for Tata Mumbai Marathon. In order to provide enhanced value to our runners, we have devised an Age Category wise Prize Money for Men & Women in the Half & Full Marathon. The age categories include 18-25, 25-30, 30-35, 35-40, 40-45, 45-50, 50-55, 55-60, 60-65, 65-70, 70-75, 75 and above age categories.
All the full marathoners get an exclusive Asics Race Day Tee.
Last year we introduced a new medal for all our Full Marathoners – called the inspiration medal. First of its kind , the unique design it looks like one, however when forced apart, they are two separate medals – one for the finisher and the other for the person who inspired you.
The basic facilities that are always set at the prime level for our runners include Sanitized vehicular traffic-free roads, Bisleri water stations, ORSL restoration zones, Nature Valley energy stations, special customized breakfast, warm-ups, Volini recovery zone among others.
Places of interest along the race route?
The Tata Mumbai Full Marathon starts opposite historic Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT) and The Half Marathon starts from the Worli Dairy.
Amongst the course of the marathon track are many of the city’s iconic locations such as Flora Fountain, Marine Drive, Chowpatty, Haji Ali, Mahim Church, and Bandra-Worli Sea Link.
How would you describe the race route?
The Tata Mumbai Marathon course is a challenging one. The Tata Mumbai Marathon course is measured by Hugh Jones, Secretary AIMS and former London Marathon Winner. Hugh is also the Race Director of the Tata Mumbai Marathon.
Any special preparations or health/safety advice
Asian Heart Institute is the medical partner of the event and is always equipped to handle any medical emergencies on the entire course . There are 12 medical stations including two base camps, 11 ambulances, doctors on the bike along with the involvement of more than 500 medical personnel including volunteers in the marathon.
What do you recommend international participants to do in your area before or after the race in order to inspire to extra nights?
India’s Maximum City captivate and hold one’s attention with its iconic locations including Marine Drive, Gateway of India, and the Colaba Causeway market. From street food to avant-garde restaurant to the buzzing night life, Mumbai is definitely a paradise for travellers.
Past or present participants worth mentioning
The event has witnessed in action some of the best elites in the world. South Africa’s Hendrick Ramala emerged as the winner which was followed by his conferment of Newyork marathon. The unremitting Jhon Kelai from Kenya won the race in 2007 as well as in 2008. In 2016, Kenya’s Gideon Kipketer, the pacemaker of the event uplifted the race with creating a new course record whereas in women’s category Kenya’s Valentine Kipketer holds the new course record title made in 2013. The title of 2014 and 2015 edition of the marathon was bestowed upon Ethiopia’s
Dinknesh Mekash in women’s section. Ethiopia’s Mulu Seboka enthralled the runners with forging the triumph in 2005, 2006 and 2008 edition of the Mumbai Marathon.
Over the years, the legendary athletes including Edwin Moses, David Rudisha, Marion Bartoli, Sergey Bupka, Michael Johnson, Mike Powell, Damon Hill, Haile Gebrselassie, Gail Devers, Gabrila Szabo, Paul Terget as event ambassadors have graced the event.