The Mumbai Standard Chartered Marathon meant many things to many people. Some of them ran their first half-marathon while others have been trotting around the country to participate in similar events. For others it was an achievement they’ll remember for their entire lives, something to tell their grandchildren. IT MEANT…
- big victories for Kenya’s Laban Moiben (2h 10m 48s) edged out Ethiopia’s Raji Assefa in a photo-finish and Ethiopia’s Netsanet Abeyo (2h 26m12s) in the elite full marathon category in the men’s and women’s categories respectively and a berth in the London Olympics for elite Indian athlete Ram Singh Yadav (the first time an Indian has qualified) after clocking an amazing 2:16.59 at the full marathon (Olympic qualification time is 2:18).
- that the Mumbai Marathon generated Rs 12.6 crore the highest amount raised by any event for charity in India ever!
- a test of his fitness and endurance levels for Tarun Singh (a first time marathoner), a RBI employee, a test that he passed with flying colours clocking less than two hours in the half-marathon segment.