The Mumbai Marathon, which will be held on January 20, 2019, received the gold label of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF). The sixteenth edition of the race became the only marathon of gold labels in the country and joined the elite list of marathons in Asia, organizers of the ProCam International race announced on Saturday. According to the organizers, the USD 405,000 event will assist more than 46,000 participants in six career categories.
The IAAF gold label is awarded to careers based on rigorous criteria, including organizational excellence, world-class elite representation, cash prizes for male and female runners, comprehensive medical support system, live television coverage for a greater reach of the race, means of communication, time and qualified personnel to guarantee a smooth conduct of the event in all the departments, among others, the added launch.
Vivek Singh, MD, Procam International, said it was the result of strong teamwork.
"We are honored to receive the IAAF Gold Label for the Tata Mumbai Marathon, which is a symbol of the collective efforts of a team that works tirelessly for months to ensure a Career Day that we all hope for," said Singh.
Adille Sumariwala, vice president of the Indian Olympic Association and president of the Athletics Federation of India, also praised the decision of the international athletics body.
"We have been part of this event since its inception and this is a phenomenal recognition for the Tata Mumbai Marathon," he said.