More than 16,000 runners are set to run the 3rd edition of the IDBI Federal Life Insurance Mumbai Half Marathon on Sunday, 30th September, 2018. Of the runners, over 1000 participants are from the defence services, with 800 runners from the Navy alone. In addition, there will be about 100 participants from the Mumbai Police force. Around 10 members from the 7 Sikh Regiment of the Indian Army will also be participating. This elite team has participated in top marathons across the country, with their members bagging numerous podium finishes.
Organised by NEB Sports, the IDBI Federal Life Insurance Mumbai Half Marathon will be flagged off by legendary batsman and brand ambassador of IDBI Federal Life Insurance, Sachin Tendulkar. The race will start at Jio Gardens, Bandra Kurla Complex and conclude at R2 Ground, BKC. Winners will be felicitated by the Master Blaster himself. The Half Marathon will commence at 5:15 am and will witness 5000 runners; while the Timed 10K will start at 6:45 am with 7000 runners. The 5K Fun Run will begin at 8:15 am and will have 4000 runners crossing the starting line. The participants will compete for a podium finish; with a total prize money of around Rs 10 lakh up for grabs across the categories.
50 doctors from Nanavati Hospital, the medical partner for the event, will be present along the race route for the benefit of the runners. The doctors will be supported by their medical staff and will have 10 ambulances present on standby, while the medical base camp will be equipped to handle emergencies. Over 200 Mumbai police personnel, and over 1000 youth volunteers and support staff will assist the runners for a glitch-free race day. To further help the runners, there are 9 aid stations along the route, at every kilometre.
Karthik Raman, Chief Marketing Officer, IDBI Federal Life Insurance, said, “After successful marathons in New Delhi and Kolkata this year, we are confident of putting up a grand show in Mumbai for the third time in a row. We are delighted with the overwhelming response and see this as a positive sign that more people from the city are taking up running as a way to stay fit and #KeepMoving. As I prepare to run the Half-Marathon myself, I am sure that all the participants will be gearing up for race day, and I wish each of them a great race!”
Nagaraj Adiga, Race Director, said, “We are doing our best to ensure that all 16,000 runners have a safe run, and enjoy the race day. We are thankful to Mumbai Police, BMC, MMRDA, Maharashtra Tourism, IDBI Federal Life Insurance, Adidas, our partners, and everyone who has supported us each year to make the event bigger and better. As race day approaches, we look forward to executing a great race so that all the runners have many happy memories along the route!