This Sunday, on 22 July 2018, Mumbaikars will leave their morning laziness at home with cell phones and run in the rain. Around 3500 people will participate in the seventh edition of the Monsoon Marathon Challenge 2018.
The Monsoon Marathon Challenge is an initiative by Run India Run - India’s leading Running Community in association with Times of India.
The marathon will start and end at Jio Garden in Bandra-Kurla Complex. There will be three categories in which runners will be participating - 5 km, 10 km and the half marathon, i.e. 21km.
The half marathon will start at 6 am and the 5-kms and 10-kms runs will begin at 6:15 am. Out of the 3,500 participants, 500 will run the half marathon, 2,500 will be running in the 10km category and 500 will participate in the 5km run.
In this edition, the youngest male runner at the marathon is 10 years old; he is participating in the 5-km category. The oldest participant is 76 years old and will run the 10-km marathon. While the youngest female participant is 11 years old while the oldest is 70 years old.
Former Indian cricketer Zaheer Khan and his actor-wife Sagarika Ghagte will be present to flag off the run and cheer the runners. Also, 11 runners who have completed the Comrades Marathon in South Africa will attend the run to spread a message of fitness.
This edition of Monsoon Marathon Challenge have some inspirational stories also. Participant Munjal Kapadia had a transplant surgery in which he gave his 70% liver to his father. Another participant Benn Jessudson has been diagnosed with arthritis that affects spine will be running 10 kms marathon.
The winners will be awarded with a total of Rs 2 lakh prize money in different categories.