Over 55,000 runners lace-up for Tata Mumbai Marathon 2020

Army’s Srinu Bugatha + Olympian & Arjuna Awardee Sudha Singh headline Indian challenge

Franklin Templeton, Bira 91, HelpAge India & Adventures Beyond Barriers Foundation join hands

Countdown to the 17th edition of Asia’s prestigious World Athletics Gold Label Road Race Tata Mumbai Marathon (TMM) has well and truly begun. First time in Indian distance running history 55,322 runners will stand in unison at the start line of the event and serve as an inspiration to #BeBetter. Credited for many firsts and the pride of the country, TMM has not only put Mumbai, but also India on the global distance running map.

Running is the fastest growing urban sport and the participation numbers at the 2020 edition of TMM is a testimony to this - 19% increase in total participation. 9,660 runners in the full marathon, 15,260 runners in Half Marathon, 19,707 runners in the Dream Run, 8,032 runners in 10K, 1,022 runners in Senior Citizen Run and 1,596 runners in Champion with Disability. Women participation has surged to 35%, while the outstation participation and full marathon participation saw a growth of 22% and 15% respectively. 

Harish Bhat, Brand Custodian, Tata Sons, said, “Tata Mumbai Marathon is one of the largest and most exciting sporting events worldwide, with the run finding pride of place on the running calendar of elite global marathoners. This run is a beautiful symphony of humanity that celebrates the spirit of unity in diversity, inspiring both young and old alike while shaping a healthy world. This platform has helped the Tata group to increase our engagement with the community, raise funds for charity as well as create societal awareness about the necessity of good health and fitness. He further added, “It feels fantastic to experience the enthusiasm of the participants, consistently pushing the boundaries, and inspiring the human spirit. Looking at the response of the audience, we expect this year’s edition to be larger and better.” 

CHAMPIONS AT THE START LINE: The USD$420,000 event will see in action defending champions Cosmas Lagat of Kenya and Worknesh Alemu of Ethiopia headline the international elite athletes’ line-up. Their winning timing of 2:09:15 and 2:25:45 is the second fastest timings in Mumbai Marathon history.

Leading the Indian elite men full marathon line-up is Army’s Srinu Bugatha, who won the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon and the Tata Steel Kolkata 25K 2019 editions, finishing the races in 1:04:33 and 1:18:31, respectively in last two months. Challenging him will be Rashpal Singh, Silver Medalist in Kathmandu South Asian Games 2019 along with Rahul Pal, winner of the Pune International Marathon 2019.

The Women’s full marathon line-up has Olympian and Arjuna Awardee, Sudha Singh, eyeing to add to her 3 TMM titles and firmly set on a hat-trick this year. Sudha won her first title in 2016 and after a year’s gap, she was champion in 2018 and 2019. Sudha will be challenged by Jyoti Gawte who won the Mumbai Marathon in 2017.

In the men’s half marathon category, Avinash Sable, 3,000 steeplechase national record holder, who shattered his own national record at World Championship at Doha in October & qualified for Tokyo 2020 Olympics will lead the field along with Shankar Man Thapa, who was the runner-up in 2019. Likewise, in the women’s half marathon, veteran athlete Swati Gadhave will face stiff opposition from 2019 runner-up & winner of 2018 edition, Monica Athare.

Vivek B Singh, Joint Managing Director, Procam International said: “More than 9000 runners doing the full marathon and crossing the 50,000 mark for total number of participants – both are humbling milestones for us.  To see India, embrace running is a dream come true for us. We are thankful to the Government of Maharashtra, Mumbai Police, MCGM, our sponsors and our runners who have given their rock-solid support in the incredible journey of the Tata Mumbai Marathon. We wish all the participants a successful and enjoyable race day!”  

2020 HIGHLIGHTS 

TIME PERFORMANCE BONUS FOR INDIAN ATHLETES: TMM has always been a springboard for Indian athletes and the platform has managed to get the best out of them.  With the same aim, this year, a Time Performance Bonus has been introduced for the Indian Elites.

 

At km mark

Time cut-off

Bonus

Indian Elite men

10K

Under 00:32:00s

₹ 40,000

 

20K

Under 01:03:30s

₹ 40,000

 

30K

Under 01:35:00s

₹ 40,000

Indian Elite women

10K

Under 00:37:10s

₹ 40,000

 

20K

Under 01:15:00s

₹ 40,000

 

30K

Under 01:51:00s

₹ 40,000

NEW BRANDS FOR 2020: The culture of road-running in India has grown tremendously. This has opened an avenue for new brands and innovative associations. This year, Procam takes pride to announce four such new beginnings. Franklin Templeton, one of India’s largest* fund houses as Investment Partner (*Source: AMFI Website (based on AAUM as on September 30, 2019); Bira 91,  one of India’s fastest-growing craft beer brands, as the official Companion; HelpAge India, an NGO that extensively works for the cause and care of Silvers, as the event’s Institution Partner for Senior Citizens category and Adventures Beyond Barriers Foundation, an NGO that works extensively towards inclusion via sports for persons with and without disability as its Inclusion Ally, to encourage Persons with Disability in the Open 10K category.

The Tata Mumbai Marathon is also proud to have continued support from Sports Goods Partner ASICS; Channel Partner Star Sports; Hydration Partner Bisleri; Recovery Partner Volini Maxx; Domains and Online Presence Partner GoDaddy; Timing Partner Seiko; Energy Drink Partner Fast&UP; Hospitality Partner Trident Hotels; Print Partner The Times of India; Driven by ALTROZ from Tata Motors; Music Entertainment Partner 98.3 Radio Mirchi; Medical Partner Asian Heart Institute; Philanthropy Partner United Way Mumbai; CWD Facilitator ADAPT and Performance Eyewear Partner Oakley.

RUN YOUR WAY: This year at the Tata Mumbai Marathon create magic on race day by running your way. Individuals and groups across all race categories can express themselves in their own unique way. More than just running in costume, you can also express yourself via your favourite song, poetry on the pride for the city, showcase your favourite dance moves, a rap you’ve written, even your beliefs or a cause close to your heart or just about any other form of expression and talent that you would like to showcase on race day. 

All you have to do is capture your expression via photograph or video on race day anywhere along the official holding area, race route or post finish area. Upload your expression with a short description before 6:00 pm on 19th January 2020 and stand a chance to win attractive cash prizes. For more details log on to: tatamumbaimarathon.procam.in/runners-information/run-your-way

MIRCHI GET ACTIVE EXPO: A one-stop destination for runners, the Expo will be organized at GTX Block Ground, Opp Citi Bank Bldg., Off Bharat Petrol Pump, Bandra (East), Bandra Kurla Complex from 15th to 18th January 2020. The Expo will be on between 10.30 a.m. and 7.00 p.m. on 15th to 17th January 2020, and on 18th January 2020 between 10.00 a.m. and 5.00 p.m. The Expo is also the venue for all confirmed participants from Mumbai and Outstation registered runners to come and collect their running bibs, study in detail race day instructions, familiarize themselves with all the timelines, approach plans, layout plans, security arrangements, traffic restrictions, road closures and other provisions that will come into force on Race Day. 

TATA IN SPORTS

Tata Group is a global enterprise with combined revenues of US $110.7 billion (2017-18), along with Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), one of the world’s leading IT services, consulting and business solutions organisations, are the title sponsor of the Tata Mumbai Marathon.

Sport has always been an integral part of the Tata group for over 75 years. Tatas association with multiple sports ranging from cricket, football, hockey, badminton, chess, athletics, mountaineering and motor racing, among others, has produced many award-winning sportspersons, helped the development of marginal communities and supported sporting teams, national and international events as well as training academies. The Tata Sports Club was set up in 1937 to encourage sports among its employee base across the country.

TCS is the sponsor of many premier global marathons across the world like, the TCS New York City Marathon, the TCS Amsterdam Marathon, and the TCS Lidingloppet (the world’s largest cross-country run), and the technology partner of marathons held in London, Chicago, and Boston — all part of the company’s effort to promote health and fitness in the communities, the world over. 

ABOUT PROCAM INTERNATIONAL

Since its inception in 1988, Procam International has been the driving force behind the growth and development of sports management in India. Envisioned by founders Anil and Vivek Singh, Procam, is one of the leading companies in holistic sports management, sports consultancy, and live television programming. With astute planning and exemplary execution, Procam has a track record of conceptualising and promoting over 100 international events, across disciplines -Powerboat Racing, Cricket, Football, Tennis, Distance Running, Squash, WWE, Horse Racing, Volleyball among others. These events have elicited the participation of the highest calibre of athletes, as well as huge public interest and attendance. 

Pioneers of the distance running movement in India, Procam International’s Big 4 –Tata Mumbai Marathon, Airtel Delhi Half Marathon, Tata Consultancy Services World 10K and Tata Steel Kolkata 25 K are global leaders in their respective distances. These events have ushered in a running revolution that has helped to re-define, the health, fitness and giving paradigm of our country.

For more information about the Tata Mumbai Marathon 2020, the event website is: procam.in/tatamumbaimarathon

Other links:
Facebook: facebook.com/TataMumMarathon
Twitter:  twitter.com/TataMumMarathon
YouTube: youtube.com/user/procamrunning
Instagram: instagram.com/tatamummarathon

For more information, please contact:

Procam International

Deepak M Pilankar

pr@procam.in

Concept PR

Santosh Barodia/Pragati Parihar

santosh@conceptpr.com/ pragati@conceptpr.com