Around 4 am on Sunday, October 14, the atmosphere at Mahindra World City (MWC), Chennai, was charged with excitement and emotion. The sixth edition of the MWC edition of Marathon 2018, had a record turnover of 9000. There were 5,000 participants from over 60+ corporates and 70+ foreign nationals, representing nine countries. Young runners to septuagenarians and those who came to cheer were at the venue to support a cause dear to our heart – education of the girl child. Tamil actor Arya also joined in, much to the crowd’s delight!
The Marathon 2018, flagged off near Paranur Station, traced its route past water bodies and scenic trails inside the World City. The 42 km, 21 km and 10 km races attracted professionals, and the 5 km, 3 km and 1 km ‘Fun Runs’ were customized for beginners.
Munish, Sivanantham and Elijah Kipruto Kemei came first, second and third respectively in the 42 km race. In the 42 km for women marathon, Vasantha came first, and Padmapriya Ashok took home the silver.
Runners Chetan and Nachiket, who participated in the 21 km run were ecstatic, “The MWC Marathon 2018 was well-organized with great weather to boost! We were able to time our best so far. We will definitely be back for the next edition and hope to be in the longer races next year!”