Over 1,300 run to qualify for Mumbai Marathon

Rhythmic Running, under the aegis of Thane District Athletics Association, had organised Thane 10K run which got an overwhelming response from people all across Thane, Mumbai and Navi Mumbai. More than 1,300 took part in the event on Sunday.

The event is a qualifier for next year’s Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon and people qualified would make an entry into the Mumbai Marathon. It was flagged off by Thane mayor Sanjay More and started from Arcadia Circle at Hiranandani Estate up to Kolshet and back. After warming up and stretching to the beats of zumba, the participants were all up for the run. The humid conditions failed to act as a deterrent for the participants, who were determined to give their best shot.

Yogesh Pawar, who won first prize in men’s category, clocked 39:08:09 minutes and was happy with his achievement. Shivanad Shetty and Swapnil Gaikwad bagged second and third position respectively.
In the women’s category, Suvarna Abhale came first with 48:01:07 minutes, followed by Sayuri Dalvi and Ashwani Ghogare. The winners were felicitated by Thane MP Rajan Vichare.

Event coordinator Rishi Malik and Nagesh Shetty said, “The 10K run was the last qualifier for Mumbai Marathon. All the participants were provided with timing chips.”
“Apart from being the qualifier for Mumbai Marathon, the run was also associated with a social cause. A part of the registration collection was donated to the NGO Karuna Ghar Foundation, which works for the cause of underprivileged children,” said Malik.

Rahul Agalwood, an avid runner from Thane who has participated in several marathons, said, “This year the rules for SCMM are more stringent and so it will be difficult for those who have never taken part in the marathon or running events. The 10k run organized was well coordinated with several runners taking part.”

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