The Tata Mumbai Marathon witnessed corporate captains come out on the streets and participate in the Dream Run in large numbers. They made sure that their company’s flag flew high.
Anil Ambani, N Chandrasekaran, Rajesh Gopinathan and Gagan Banga were some of the many corporate bigwigs who were spotted at the marathon.
Tata Sons N Chandrasekaran in the early hours of Sunday at Worli said “The weather is kind and the whole city is going to be cheering,” the temperature at 5 am was just a shade below 20 degrees Celsius; optimum conditions for the Tata Mumbai Marathon.
Maharashtra tourism minister Aaditya Thackeray flagged off the half marathon from Worli Dairy. The full marathon of 42 km was kicked off at about the same time at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus.
Tata, Bajaj Electricals, Facebook, Bank of Baroda, NPCI, Cipla, Viacom — all had corporate teams in the fray on Sunday at the 17th edition of the event.
The men’s full marathon was won by Ethiopia’s Derara Hurisa, 22, in 2 hours, 8 minutes and 15 seconds, setting a new course record. First among the women was his compatriot Amane Beriso.
The various events had more than 55,000 participants. The full course took runners through Marine Drive, Mahalaxmi Race Course, Haji Ali, the Bandra-Worli Sea Link, Pedder Road, Babulnath temple and Churchgate before the ending at Azad Maidan. Other categories included a non-timed Dream Run, one for senior citizens, one for people with disabilities and a timed 10 km event.