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18000 plus runners for Vasai Virar Mayor's Marathon

Thursday, December 07, 2017

Mumbai: Defending champion Rashpal Singh, of Army Sports Institute and last year’s runner-up Pankaj Dhaka from JSW will lead the field of 36 of the country’s top most long distance male and female athletes in the Vasai Virar Mayors Marathon which will be flagged off from two different locations, in Virar and Vasai on Sunday, December 10.

Joining the country’s leading distance runners will be around 18000 plus participants, among them 740 Full Marathoners; 4000 plus Half Marathoners and 2000 plus 11 km Runners.

Running in their wake will be around 12000 plus athletes in the junior age group races, over 1.5 kms, 3 kms, 5 kms, 7 kms and 11 kms and the Dhamal Dhaav over 4 kms. Present to encourage the runners and raise their morale will be event ambassadors, Rahul Bose and Mandira Bedi.

The Vasai Virar Mayor’s Marathon provides a prize fund in excess of Rs 40 lakhs, which is the richest in the country for Indian athletes and amateur runners. It is also the only race in the country to have a special category called the “Battle Run”, a team event exclusive for running groups over the half marathon distance and 5 kms.

The winner of the Full Marathon for men will stand to gain Rs 2.50 lakh, while the male and female winners of the Half Marathon will take home Rs 1.25 lakh each. There is an increase in the prize money for amateur runners as well in the different age groups.

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