Marathon – An Introduction

January 18, 2014 | By | Reply READ MORE...

“Running is the greatest metaphor for life, because you get out of it what you put into it.”
-Oprah Winfrey

The marathon is a long-distance running event with an official distance of 42.195 kilometres (26 miles and 385 yards) that is usually run as a road race. The event was instituted in commemoration of the fabled run of the Greek soldier Pheidippides, a messenger from the Battle of Marathon to Athens.

The Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon is an annual international marathon held in Mumbai, India, on the third Sunday of January every year.

The Marathon starts opposite ChhatrapatiShivaji Railway Terminus Mumbai. It runs along many of the city’s iconic locations such as Flora Fountain, Marine Drive, Chowpatty, Haji Ali, Mahim Church, end of course the Bandra-Worli Sea link.

The first race in 2004 had 22,000 participants; while the 2013 edition hosted 40,000 runners! This vast increase only goes to show the growing popularity of running as a means of staying physically fit. This change is definitely one in the positive direction in terms of healthy lifestyles.Goals range from weight loss, physical fitness and beating personal records.

Role of the Physiotherapy can be in pre-race education, pre-participation screening, and other concerns by the participant related to injury prevention. A tailor made exercise programme for each individual based on their specific needs can help improve performance.

RACE CATEGORIES

MARATHON:

Distance: 42.195 km

HALF MARATHON:

Distance: 21.097 km

DHL CORPORATE CHAMPIONS:
Distance: relay race within the marathon – 42.195 km
A relay race within the full marathon called the DHL Corporate Champions has been introduced for teams of registered companies and firms in existence for minimum 1 year. A registered company/firm can field a team comprising of 4 runners for the DHL Corporate Champions, each team member covering a distance of approx. 10.5 km. A company can field up to 5 teams. The team which crosses the finish line first will be declared winner the champion corporate.

DREAM RUN:

Distance: 6 km

SENIOR CITIZENS’ RUN:

Distance: 4.3 km
Minimum age eligibility: 60 years as on race day.

CHAMPIONS WITH DISABILITY:

Distance: 2.4 km
Participation in the Champions with Disability category is opened for individuals with following disabilities: physical/locomotor disability, intellectual impairment, visual impairment, hearing impairment and orthopaedic or neurological disorder.

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