Mumbai Marathon registrations open on July 10

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Mumbai, Jul 3 (UNI) The Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon's sixth edition will be held on January 18, 2009, with the registrations for the same opening on July 10 and closing on August 30.

Vivek Singh, Jt Managing Director Procom International, the promoters of the Marathon, while announcing the new dates of registration said the decision to start registration six months in advance was taken in order to provide a more fulfilling experience to the participants.

In addition to this, Neeraj Swaroop, Regional Chief Executive India and South Asia of Standard Chartered, the main sponsors of the Marathon said that 2009 will offer an enhanced prize money of USD 250,000, an increase of USD 10,000 from last year, making this the richest marathon in Asia.

Listing the reasons for the advanced registration, Mr Singh said the focus now would be on encouraging more and more participants to strive and graduate from the Dream Run into the half marathon and from the half marathon to the full marathon. The advanced date of registration would put an end to the uncertainty surrounding an individual's entry and confirmation of the same.

''This will give every participant more than enough time to plan and execute a training programme to participate in the distance of their choice and stand a realistic chance of completing the same,'' he said.

Mr Singh said another important advantage of early registration window is that it would impact the raising of money for charity in a positive way.

Explaining this he said, it has been observed over the years that many individuals would opt for pledge kits at the time of registration, but the same would not translate into money at the conclusion of the event, the main reason being the paucity of time to approach friends, acquaintances and peer groups to raise pledges.

These members of the Pledgers' United will now have ample time to cast their net wide and maximize the number of pledges.

He said in addition to Pledgers' United, Dream Team and Corporate Challenge, they will be reserving an additional 5,000 running places, entries for which would be accepted through the NGOs. The early registration would now give NGOs more time to maximize the opportunity by picking and choosing the people they give the running numbers to, rather than operate on a first come first serve basis.

S Ramadorai, CEO and Managing Director of Tata Consultancy Services, the exclusive associate sponsor and Adil Sumariwalla, working president of the Indian Athletic Federation were also present on the occasion.

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