Pune: The Tata group, a global enterprise with over 100 independent operating companies, said it will be the title sponsor for the Mumbai Marathon, which is one of the world’s top 10 marathons.
From 2018, the event will be called the ‘Tata Mumbai Marathon’ and its 15th edition is scheduled for January 21 next year.
The Tata Mumbai Marathon will be jointly sponsored by the Tata Group and Tata Consultancy Services for 10 years, beginning 2018, which marks the 150th anniversary year of the group and the 50th anniversary year of Tata Consultancy Services.
“Events like the marathon promote values like grit, tenacity, excellence, perseverance, belief, commitment, and passion that have been a key part of the Tata group’s ethos since its inception, almost 150 years ago,” N. Chandrasekaran, Chairman, Tata Sons, said in a statement.
The Tata group has served as an instrumental force in propelling Indian sports and has shown immense dedication to helping grow and develop the sporting fabric of India. The group has forged a strong bond with society through the various academies that they run at the grassroots level, the sporting legends they support, and their associations across a multitude of sporting disciplines including marathons, the epitome of participative sports.
About the Mumbai Marathon
- The Mumbai Marathon, is an annual international marathon held in Mumbai, India, on the third Sunday of January every year. It is the largest marathon in Asia as well as the largest mass participation sporting event on the continent. It is the richest race in India with a prize pool of USD 386,667.
- The course records set in 2013 were the fastest times ever run for a marathon in India in the women’s marathon category – 2:24:33 by the women’s winner Valentine Kipketer, Kenya. In 2016, Gideon Kipketer broke the men’s marathon record, completing the race in 2:08:35.
- The Tata Mumbai International marathon has five different race categories: Marathon (42.195 km), Half Marathon (21.097 km), Dream Run (6 km), Senior Citizens’ Run (4.3 km), and Champions with Disability (2.4 km).