Mumbai Marathon Held Today

By Reema, Gaea News Network
Sunday, January 16, 2011

MUMBAI, INDIA ( The most awaited street event of the business capital of India, Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon took place today. It was won by Girma Assefa, an Ethiopian who completed the 42.1-km run in 2:09:54. He was followed by Botor Segaye Wolde with a timing of 2:09:57. Amongst the women, Koren Yal bagged the first prize, completing the race in 2:26:56 while Merima Mohammed covered the race in 2:26:57. The top three women hails from Ethiopia.

The corporate leaders who participated in the Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon included vice-chairman & MD of Mahindra & Mahindra, Anand Mahindra; Managing director of TCS, N Chandrasekaran; chairman of Bajaj Electricals, Shekhar Bajaj; and chairman of HDFC Bank, Deepak Parekh. Neerja Birla, the vice chairperson of Aditya Birla Group made it to the race for the second time. Sources say, that unlike the other years, this time, their was a good gender parity between the males and the females in the Mumbai Marathon.

Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon was also held to meet a noble cause. TCS will make its charity to the Society for Rehabilitation of Crippled Children out of the fund they gather from this marathon. Similarly, Bajaj Electricals will donate 6 lakhs to an NGO, namely Paryavaran Mitra, that fights against pollution. Mohan Ramaswamy, the business development director of Dun & Bradsteet India said that people run all through out their life, but running for a cause once in a year, is much more delighting, as it brings about a change in the lives of many people. On the other hand, Sunita Satpal, a HIV+ patient participated in the event to promote the cause of insurance for HIV+ patients. She will be accompanied by 19 more HIV+ patients in the marathon.

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