Mumbaikars came out in huge numbers to run for a cause. Over 40,000 residents of the city, including top industrialists and actors, participated in the 12th edition of the Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon.
The elite men’s category of the 42.195 kilomtre-long full marathon was won by Tesfaye Abera from Ethiopia, who finished with a timing of two hours and nine minutes. Fellow Ethiopian Dereje Debele came second and Luke Kibet from Kenya stood third. The top Indian spot was grabbed by Karan Singh who stood 11th.
Actor Dia Mirza, who flagged off the run for champions with disability, told NDTV, “The spirit of the marathon and the fact that so many wonderful people come out here every year to stand for something is something you get to witness it only the mornings of the marathon.”
The highlight of today’s event was that Software giant Tata Consultancy Services or TCS announced that it would sponsor the top two Indian finishers in both men’s and women’s full marathons at the TCS New York City Marathon in November.