Kenya’s John Kelai won the fifth edition of the Mumbai Marathon. The 30 year old runner persevered in hot and humid conditions to cover the 42 km course. Mumbai Mayor Shubha Raul flagged off the marathon. Over 33,000 participants from 34 countries took part in the race that carried prize money of one million dollars. The city of bright lights and dreams was up and running for a cause. The Mumbai Marathon 2008 brought together stars and commoners on the streets of the country’s commercial and entertainment capital. Over 30,000 Mumbaikars – celebrities, corporate executives, students, social workers, housewives and even the man on the street – tested their stamina and fitness to drive home the message that running is not stressful for the heart. The fifth edition of the Mumbai marathon was flagged off early in the morning with over 33,000 participants taking part in the event carrying a prize money of US$ 1 million. Besides athletes, the participation of senior citizens and persons with disabilities was another highlight of the marathon. The event consists of a 42-km-long marathon, 21-km-long half-marathon, senior citizens’ run, wheel chair event and a six-km-long “dream” run. Kenya’s John Kelai won the fifth edition of the Mumbai Marathon. Winners were given prizes at the hands of State Minister Chagan Bhujbal. Actors John Abraham and Bipasha Basu, MP Priya Dutt, Tina Ambani, Shabana Azmi, Municipal Commissioner Jairaj Phatak and city police commissioner, D N Jadav, were among the dignitaries present on the occasion. With the theme of the marathon being conservation of the environment, the organisers asked people to pledge their support for the cause.
May 21, 2017
October 21, 2008