Big prize money on offer for Mumbai marathon

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src=' ' class='caption'> The Mumbai Marathon 2005, scheduled to be held on January 16, will offer a prize money of USD 210,000.

Updated: February 25, 2007 10:08 IST
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The Mumbai Marathon 2005, scheduled to be held on January 16, will offer a prize money of USD 210,000, and is expected to attract the world's top long distance runners. The second edition of the Mumbai marathon, last held in February, will also award the top five Indian finishers, if they end up outside the open category, it was announced at a press conference here. The action, including the Dream Run which the organisers expect to attract over 25,000 participants, would be beamed live by Doordarshan and also broadcast over All India Radio, according to Prasar Bharati CEO K S Sarma. The 42.195-km marathon is set to commence at 7.40 am while the 21,097-km half marathon, also to be held simultaneously, will commence at 9.15 am. Novel initiative President of the Athletics Federation of India and the Indian Olympic Association, Suresh Kalmadi, categorically said that the Mumbai marathon is officially recognised by the world body, International Athletics Association of Federations. Among the runners will be Kenyan Henry Wanyoike, a visually impaired athlete, who will run for charity and Standard Chartered Bank will donate USD 1,000 for every km he covers. He had finished 24th overall in the Boston Marathon in a record time of 2 hours and 33:15 minutes. In a novel initiative the message of the marathon is to be sent throughout the length and breadth of Mumbai through 'Dabbawallas', who deliver lunch to millions of office-goers on a daily basis, the organisers said. (PTI)

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