TMM – THE POSSIBLE DREAM
“Every great city of the world must have a Marathon. Nothing binds a city as a marathon does!”
Since its inception in 1988, Procam International conducted a host of world-class sporting properties across disciplines including cricket, tennis, football, volleyball, WWE, badminton, squash, rugby, and horseracing. However, brothers and promoters of the company Anil & Vivek, always dreamed of conducting an international marathon in India. They firmly believed that running was a panacea for modern society – bringing together people of varying abilities, irrespective of age, gender, and socio-economic status, onto a common platform. “The road is a great leveller”
Sixteen years ago, India was a spectatorial nation and participative sport such as distance running was a far thought.
The year 2003 saw Anil and Vivek attend the London Marathon. That experience was an endorsement of their dream, it helped unfold the power of sport right in front of their eyes. The rush of the legs, the pulsating heartbeats, the vibrant positive energy, and the smiles at that finish line, were symbolic of each participant’s triumph. An unforgettable event, it left an indelible mark on the brothers. And thus, began the journey of The Mumbai Marathon.
It wasn’t easy, but the belief and support from the Government, all partners, and stakeholders, has stood the test of time.
Mumbai Marathon’s journey for the past 18 years has been transformational – from starting a fitness revolution that has spawned over 1500 road races in the country, to creating a springboard for Indian long and middle-distance runners; people coming together – beyond politics, religion, race, color, – a beacon of humanity and compassion for the nation and the world. Moreover, it has opened a new paradigm for sports sponsorships and created an eco-system around distance running estimated at USD 400 million.
The event galvanized the crème de la crème of India’s financial capital including Bollywood, sports icons, sports federations, and bigwigs of the corporate world among others.
Furthermore, the social impact of this event is unrivalled. Since its inception, the event has raised in excess of INR 315.90 crores benefitting over 700 NGOs, supporting myriad causes, and helping millions in our society, live a #BetterTommorow. The event is not only the biggest participative sport in the country but also the single largest fundraising platform for NGOs.
Today, the Tata Mumbai Marathon is amongst the top 10 marathons in the world and has truly put India on the global map of distance running. 1982 London Marathon winner Hugh Jones is the event’s race director.
The USD 405,000 event has six different race categories – Full Marathon (42.195 kms), Half Marathon (21.097 kms), Dream Run (6.6 km), Senior Citizens Race (4.7 km), Champions with Disability category (2.1 km) and the Open 10K Over 46,000 participants including amateurs, fitness enthusiasts and the world’s best distance runners, take to the streets of Mumbai on the third Sunday of January every year.
Tata Mumbai Marathon has never been about just running…. It is the Possible Dream!