The fifth edition of The Mumbai Ultra – 12 Hour Run, held every August, will for the first time have pacers to help runners complete various distances.
The minimum distance for which pacers have been assigned is 50 kilometers and the maximum, 85. There are also categories in between.
The ultra-run to be held on August 15, 2018, is expected to see participation by about 500 runners.
Several others will pitch in as support runners at the event, which is a non-competitive 12 hour-run.
“ The Mumbai Ultra is focused on the message: Wellness over Illness,’’ Naveen Hegde, marathon runner and one of the organizers of the event, said at a press briefing in Mumbai on Wednesday (August 8).
The run lasting from 5 AM to 5 PM takes the format of an ultramarathon with participants running more than the regular marathon distance of 42.2 kilometers.
Eighty-year-old Dr P.S. Ramani, well-known neurosurgeon, is the brand ambassador of this year’s Mumbai Ultra. He had earlier told this blog that he planned to be on his feet for most of the 12 hour-period.
Usha Soman, 78, former professor of biochemistry and mother of model, actor and endurance athlete Milind Soman, will be participating for the second year in a row in Mumbai Ultra.
Runners are required to run loops of approximately 12 kilometers starting from MGM Swimming Pool at Shivaji Park and going on to Worli Sea Face and back. During the 12 hour period, the participants have to undergo mandatory medical check-up, usually at the end of every loop.
Four aid stations will be set up to cater to the hydration and refreshment needs of the runners. In a move that brings together the city’s various running groups, some of these aid stations will be supported by volunteers from Borivali National Park (BNP) Runners, Savio Stars and Mumbai Road Runners.
Coach Savio D’Souza is the race director and Dr Gayatri Thakoor is the medical director of the event. The medical team consists of 11 doctors, para-medicos and physiotherapists from KEM Hospital and Sion Hospital. Dr Abhishek Bangera’s Sai Physiotherapy Clinic is the recovery partner.
Sponsors of the event include Edelweiss, Enerzal, Sri Sri Tattva and Idealake.
(The author, Latha Venkatraman, is an independent journalist based in Mumbai.)