Registrations for the 11th edition of the Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon, to be run on January 19, 2014, were launched by His Excellency, the Governor of Maharashtra Shri K Sankaranarayanan at Raj Bhavan, here, on Thursday. Present on the occasion to herald in Mumbai's most awaited annual sporting and social event were the Hon'ble Mayor of Mumbai, Shri Sunil Prabhu, Hon'ble Deputy Mayor, Shri Mohan Mithbaokar and Event Ambassador John Abraham. Representing title sponsors Standard Chartered was Ravi Duvvuru, Regional Head, Compliance, India & South Asia, along with Vishal Jhunjhuwala, Head Corporate Brand, Tata Consultancy Services, the Associate Sponsors and Sunil Mehta from United Way of Mumbai, the official charity partner to the event. Event Promoters Procam International was represented by MD Anil Singh and Jt. MD, Vivek B Singh.
Registrations for the Full Marathon and Half Marathon will open at 10.00 am on July 19, 2013. Physical modes of registration at Standard Chartered branches to close on September 13, 2013 or whenever running places are full, whichever is earlier.
Depending on availability of running places, registrations through online applications and P.O. Box entries will remain open till November 30, 2013 or till running places are full, whichever is earlier.
Registrations for the Dream Run will open on August 26, 2013 and close on August 31, 2013, while registrations for the Senior Citizens Run and the Wheelchair Event will open on September 2, 2013 and close on September 13, 2013 or whenever running places are full, whichever is earlier.
Registration process: Steps have been taken to provide various avenues for registration to facilitate a hassle-free process. Online registration can be done through the event website www.procamrunning.in/scmm or the duly filled entry form along with the requisite entry fee can be mailed to P.O. Box No. 11017, Marine Lines Post Office, Mumbai 400 020. Mumbai residents can also deposit their entry form along with the requisite entry fees at 10 selected Standard Chartered Bank branches, details of which are available on the website www.procamrunning.in/scmm.
Entry forms will be available at select Standard Chartered Bank branches in Mumbai, at the Asian Heart Institute and the United Way of Mumbai office 309, Nirman Kendra Premises Co-op society ltd., Dr. E. Moses Road, Mahalaxmi Estate, Mumbai. Application forms are also available for download online @ www.procamrunning.in/scmm.). More information can be sourced from the event helpline no: +91 22 4202 0200, Monday to Saturday between 10 a.m. & 6. p.m. 3,500 running places are on offer for the Full Marathon, while 13,000 places will be available for the Half Marathon. The Dream Run, including the Corporate Challenge, will accommodate 21,000 participants. 1500 entries will be permitted in the Senior Citizens' Run, while 300 entries will be accepted for the Wheelchair Event, putting the total number of entries accepted at 40,300.
Continuing in their constant endeavour to evolve and improve while providing the best possible running experience to each participant, and in order to encourage the participation of serious runners in the full marathon and half marathon. The event will only accept applications from runners who have attached a timing certificate from the previous two years. Detailed confirmation criterion is available on the event website.
To give a fillip to women there will be a 250 running places in the full marathon and 1000 running places in the half marathon reserved for women applicants. Applicants who do not fall within the timed runner criteria or the women's quota can avail of the running places that have been allotted to the NGOs registered with United Way of Mumbai, the event's official charity partner. These running places will be available with the respective NGOs at a premium from August 19, 2013. Details about the same can be got from logging on to www.procamrunning.in/scmm
Confirmed applicants of the full marathon and half marathon will also be eligible for priority line up on race day, based on their finish times. The full marathon runners will be prioritized in four groups, namely below four hours 13 minutes; four hours 13 minutes to under 4 hours 55 minutes; 4 hours 55 minutes to under 5 hours 37 minutes and 5 hours 37 minutes and above. The half marathoners will also be prioritized in seven groups, namely under 1 hour 25 minutes; 1 hours 25 minutes to under 1 hour 46 minutes; 1 hour 46 minutes to under 2 hours 7 minutes; 2 hours 7 minutes to under 2 hours 28 minutes; 2 hours 28 minutes to under 2 hours 49 minutes; 2 hours 49 minutes to under 3 hours 10 minutes; and 3 hours 10 minutes and above.
Speaking on this development, Vivek B Singh, Jt. MD, Procam International said, "These initiatives are being introduced to recognize the achievements of our serious runners, as well as encourage more and more amateur runners to train and make a wholehearted effort at attempting the full or half marathon distance." Vivek Singh also touched on the impact the early registration window would have on the wonderful exercise of raising money for charity through the event, the biggest positive fallout that has seen close to Rs 89.6 crores being raised towards charity in nine years.
CASH BONANZA: The Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon 2014 will now offer an enhanced prize purse of USD 360,000, an increase equivalent of USD 10,000 over what was on offer in 2013.
Growing in all parameters for the past ten editions, the Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon has now become the focal rallying point for the city of Mumbai because it espouses causes and values that touch every citizen, whatever the age group and regardless of their financial status and social standing. Promoters Procam International, along with the sponsors and partners, will not cease in their efforts to innovate and evolve in order to provide a memorable experience to the participant.