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Tata Mumbai Marathon 2018: Set Your Pace for the Mother of Marathons

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Gear Up for the mother of all Indian marathons, the much-hyped- Tata Mumbai Marathon 2018. Happening on 21st January 2018, Mumbai Marathon is an international marathon event which brings runners and marathoners from all over the world to the cosmopolitan city of India and run for fitness.

If you are want to know more about the Tata Mumbai Marathon then stay with us for all the details!

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About Tata Mumbai Marathon

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Tata Mumbai Marathon 2018 (source)

Formally known as Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon, Tata Mumbai Marathon is an annual international marathon hosted in Mumbai, India. It is held on the third Sunday of January every year and is the largest marathon in Asia as well as the largest mass participation sporting event on the continent. And not only that, it is the richest race in India with a prize pool of $405,000!

The marathon event has undergone timely innovations and enhancements over the years which have played in the favour of its popularity. These tweaks have contributed tremendously to the upswing of the worldwide status of the Tata Mumbai Marathon.

Mumbai Marathon is an event where people from different walks of life participate including Bollywood celebrities, sports personalities, business tycoons, and amateur athletes. It also has its own fundraising platform managed by United Way Mumbai. The platform has over the years has managed to raise Rs 196 crore with the help of 512 NGOs, making it one of the largest philanthropic sporting events of the country.

NGOs supporting various causes and issues have registered themselves with the United Way Mumbai. If you wish to support any of these just choose the NGO and proceed as directed. In case, if there is any specific NGO you wish to support and is not in the list then you can urge them to register themselves.

Tata Mumbai Marathon has a high-profile list of sponsors and partners too. Big names like Tata, Star Sports, Basics, and NEX are a few names to mention.

Information of Races: Types, Registration, & Eligibility

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Tata Mumbai Marathon is an Internationally Known Marathon Event (source)

The Tata Mumbai Marathon has six different race categories: Full Marathon (42.194 Km), Half Marathon (21.097 Km), Dream Run (6 Km), Senior Citizens Race (4.3 Km), and Champions with Disability category (2.4 Km) and a newly add the Timed 10K run.

The registrations for the Mumbai Marathon are opened now. Application fee of marathon (inclusive of GST 18 percent)

  • Domestic applicants: Rs. 1700 (GST inclusive)
  • Overseas applicants: USD 50 (GST inclusive)

Bib collection Date and Venue:

Upon confirmation of your registration, you are required to come to the Get Active Expo in Mumbai scheduled from 17 - 20 January 2018 in order to collect their running number bibs. No running number will be posted to individual mailing addresses.

The minimum eligibility age for the races are:

  • Full Marathon: 18 years and above
  • Half Marathon: 18 years and above
  • 10 K Run: 15 years and above
  • Dream Run (6 Km): 12 years and above
  • Senior Citizens Run: 60 years and above
  • Champions with Disability: 12 years and above

Mumbai Marathon Trivia:

The course record of 2:24:33 set in 2013 by the women's winner Valentine Kipketer, Kenya, was the fastest time ever run a marathon in India in the women's marathon category. In 2016, Gideon Kipketer broke the men's marathon record, completing the race in 2:08:35.

Tata Mumbai Marathon Race Route

Tata Mumbai Marathon is considered to amongst the top ten marathons in the world.

One of the reasons for its popularity is the marathon route. The full marathon starts outside CST, Mumbai and is an out and back race course while the half marathon starts near Worli dairy and finishes outside CST, Mumbai.

Full Marathon Route Map

Tata Mumbai Marathon Route Map
Tata Mumbai Marathon Route Map (source)

Half Marathon Route Map

Tata Mumbai Half Marathon
Tata Mumbai Half Marathon Route Map (source)

Dream Run (6K)

Tata Mumbai Marathon Dream Run
Tata Mumbai Marathon Dream Run (source)

Basic FAQs

  1. When is the Tata Mumbai Marathon 2018?
    21st January 2018
  2. Can I register on the day of the event?
    No registrations will be accepted on the main race day.
  3. How will my entry acceptance be intimated to me?
    On successful completion of registration, you will receive an email confirming your registration.
  4. Can I pick-up my race kit on the same day as the race?
    Race kits will NOT be provided to runners on the day of the race.
  5. Where is the venue for bib distribution?
    The venue is Get Active Expo in Mumbai, from 17 - 20 January 2018.
  6. Once applied can I cancel my entry and get a refund?
    Refund requests will NOT be entertained once registration has been completed.
  7. Can I change my race category once I have applied/my entry is confirmed?
    No, category change requests will be entertained. Re-registration will be required to change a race category.
  8. Can I transfer my registration to another person?
    No transfer of registrations will be permitted.
  9. Can I authorize another person to pick up my race packet?
    Yes, the authorized person will be required to produce your photo id and an authorization letter to collect your race kit.
  10. Is the Tata Mumbai Marathon a road race or a trail race?
    The Tata Mumbai Marathon is a road race.

How to Prepare for Marathon

Tata Mumbai Marathon 2018
Do a Full Marathon Run Before the Main Race Day (source)

If you have registered for the Mumbai Marathon already and wondering now what? Then it’s a normal feeling. Marathon running is a challenge in itself and to overcome its difficulties you have to undergo some training and preparation.

Here’s how you can train yourself for the run.

Find the Right Training Plan

You can't start running the whole distance right away so it's important to find the right marathon training plan that helps you gradually build up your mileage and endurance while incorporating enough rest to prevent overuse injuries.

Fueling the Right Way

Hunger is one of the foremost feelings you shall feel after running a long-distance race. But avoid gorging on any kind of food. Eating the right food will boost your running. Create a good diet chart with proper meal times. Up to 30-minutes after a hard training run when the body is best able to replenish and utilize the carbohydrates and protein that were used during exercise.

Goal Setting

Advanced marathoners should train to win the marathon while the novice runners should focus on finishing the race and having a good experience. However, set a plan for your pacing so that you don’t run too fast and exert too much energy in the early stage of the race.

Be prepared to meet these 12 types of runners in a marathon.

Motivate Yourself

Build your confidence during the training period and be prepared to face the worst. Study the race course prior to the event so that you have a fair idea on how to deal with the route obstacles. Adequate mental preparation instills confidence, which will help you to relax more before and during the race.

Check out these best workout apps for runners.

Get the Right Equipment

Selecting the right running shoe is very important. Cushioning and flexibility are the two key features to consider while picking up a running shoe. Long distance runners should opt for extra cushioning; it will boost your run and help to go the extra mile. Your running garments should be made of moisture wicking and perforated fabric to ensure faster sweat dry. Good ventilation and air flow mapping in the right zones are required for effective heat loss and increased air flow. You can also wear compression sports garments to increase agility and optimize your performance.

Learn how to recover post marathon.

Summing Up

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John Abraham at the Tata Mumbai Marathon 2018 Press Conference (source)

Mumbai is a big, melting pot of a city. A city that's home to dreamers, and hard-workers, starlets and gangsters, artists and fisherfolk and millionaires and lots and lots of people. It has India’s most prolific film industry, some of Asia’s biggest slums, as well as the world’s most expensive home, and the largest tropical forest in an urban zone! Mumbai is India’s financial powerhouse, fashion epicentre, and a pulse point of religious tension. It’s even evolved its own language, Bambaiyya Hindi, which is Hindi, Marathi, and a bit of everything.

With that being said, let’s make some memories at the Tata Mumbai Marathon on 21st January 2018.

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