Mumbai got into running gear as the streets welcomed a race that wiped out all barriers of caste, colour, creed and status. The sixth Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon 2009 flagged off where hundreds and thousands of Mumbaikars participated in the challenge. The sixth Mumbai Marathon was a walk for a cause, for the spirit of athleticism, for endurance and zeal. The passion was unlimited and unmatched. Like previous years, the Marathon included the Dream Run (6 kms for charity), Senior Citizens’ run (4.3 kms ) and wheelchair event (2.5 kms). As dawn broke, the runners took off from the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, the starting point of the event, which flagged off with the Half Marathon and ended with the Dream Run. Among the regulars at the Mumbai Marathon was Anil Ambani. Other celebrities and dignitaries also participated in the race which included Om Puri, Sharmila Tagore, Gulshan Grover, John Abraham, Tushar Kapoor, Soha Ali Khan, Rahul Bose, Arjun Rampal and cricketer Anil Kumble. Also present to cheer the wheelchair racers was NMMC’s Education and Training Center for Children with Different Abilities’ Director Varsha Bhagat. In the half Marathon run for male, the winner was Surendra Singh and Kavita Raut for the women group. In the full Marathon, the winner was Kenneth Mugara from Kenya who completed the run in 2 hours 11 minutes 11 seconds. During the elaborated security arrangements was also held with around 800 law and order policemen posted on duty. Traffic curbs and controls were taken care of by around 826 traffic police officials with three helicopters doing surveillance throughout the event. Around 1,000 volunteers were also on duty to ensure smooth functioning of the proceedings. Ajaz Khan- NMTV News.
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