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On the run

THE ASIAN AGE. | KABEER KHAN
Published : Jul 29, 2017, 12:32 am IST
Updated : Jul 29, 2017, 12:32 am IST

Master blaster Sachin Tendulkar lays the foundations of a half marathon running through the city.

Sachin Tendulkar
 Sachin Tendulkar

Over 15,000 enthusiastic runners will line up on August 20 from Kala Ghoda exploring the architecture of south Mumbai where legendary Sachin Tendulkar, who is the face of IDBI Federal Life Insurance Mumbai Half Marathon, will flag off the run.  

The registrations have been extended until July 30, 2017. The Expo will be open at the Mumbai University, Kalina Campus in Santacruz, from August 18, 2017, to August 19, 2017, where the participants can collect their bibs and running kits.

Sachin Tendulkar donated 100 pairs of shoes to GreenSole for the underprivileged kids. Sachin said, “I have enjoyed being a part of this initiative, where there are so many marathoners from youngsters to 77-year-olds. The enthusiasm and energy is incredible. I think it is not about how you start, but it is about how you finish.  It’s not the pace, but the participation that is important and that makes one a true champion. I envision a fitter  tomorrow for India. I request everyone to make an effort to keep yourself and your family fit.

“To have a great body, you must work hard, and with that, you get mentally tough. Your thoughts get you results, as it’s a reflection of what you feel inside,” adds the legend.

Vighnesh Shahane, CEO, IDBI Federal Life Insurance, said “Last year, when we debuted with the half marathon, we wanted to give a positive spin to life insurance. We aim to celebrate life insurance by making it synonymous with health, fitness and well-being. Today, running has been firmly established as a culture in India, with more participation across various marathons in different cities. We are delighted to see more and more people being conscious of their health and fitness.”

Race director Nagaraj Adiga said, “It’s not only about the marathon day, the preparation begins five months prior. We start with the inaugural run, and this year we had more than 3,000 participants, followed by four training runs, which had a fabulous turnout with registrations closing on the first day itself. The response we received for the 24-hour stadium run was fantastic. There were 100 teams, with 60 people running for 24 hours. Mumbai runners have always given a great response to the marathon.”

This year the IDBI Federal Life Insurance Mumbai Half Marathon registrations have crossed the 20,000 mark.

Twenty one star runners of the IDBI Federal Life Insurance Mumbai Marathon, who come from different walks of life, but share a common passion for running, graced the event. From 77-year-old Khushroo Patel to Shibani, the first kidney transplant survivor to complete a 21k marathon, the launch conference displayed runners who are passionate to develop their running capabilities for a better and fitter future.

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