Procam announces route of SCMM 2016 half marathon
Half Marathon runners at the upcoming Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon 2016 are in for a treat as they will get to run the famous Bandra-Worli Sea Link twice in their quest to complete the 21.1km journey. Procam International today announced that the Half Marathon will now start opposite the Worli Dairy on the northbound carriageway of Worli Sea Face for the 13th edition of the event, scheduled for 17th January 2016.
The Worli Dairy premise, will also serve as the holding area for the runners. With the 21.1km race now starting opposite the Worli Dairy on Worli Sea Face, runners will go straight onto the Sea Face Road towards the Bandra-Worli Sea Link taking a left onto the bridge. as they head north on the bridge, the first 5km mark will come at the end of the bridge as they then take a u-turn before the Toll Naka to head back onto the southbound carriageway of the bridge. Upon exiting the BWSL at Worli, runner will turn right on sea face road, towards Worli Dairy and then taking right at Mela Restaurant onto Annie Besant Road.
From here on, the route is the same as the participants run past National Sports Club of India, towards Haji Ali, then past Jaslok Hospital on Peddar Road, climb up the Kemps Corner Bridge, then right at Prem Puri Chowk towards Babulnath Road, then left at Tambe Chowk onto Marine Drive Road running straight down all the way to the Pizzeria Junction, where they take left on to Veer Nariman Road, past Churchgate Station, towards Flora Fountain and then down DN Road, towards the finish line at Capital Cinema.
Heralding the change, Vivek B Singh, Joint Managing Director, Procam International said, “Over the years, with the growth in the running community, we have felt the need to increase the holding area for the Half Marathoners. With the expanse of the Worli Dairy, we will be able to provide enhanced facilities, for the runners before they start their run. We would also like to express our gratitude to the Worli Dairy authorities for extending their support to the event. ”
Singh added, “We encourage feedback from our runners, and are pleased to incorporate their suggestions as we go about with preparations for Mumbai’s most eagerly awaited event. We’ve often been told what a delightful experience it is for runners as they cross the majestic Bandra Worli Sea Link, and are now happy to give this experience to Half Marathoners, twice in their 21k journey!”
Hugh Jones, Race Director, added “From a technical point, the new Half Marathon route simplifies the course so that there are fewer turns for runners. This should help make the course easier to run, both for first-timers and for experienced athletes. Starting out on the open Sea Face with fresh air and cooling breezes will also enhance the overall running experience and we are sure will be a change welcomed by all.”
Half Marathon: Route
Start Gate – Opp. Worli Dairy on North Bound Carriageway – Go Straight on Khan Abdul Gafar Khan Road (North Bound Carriageway – Worli Sea Face Road) – towards Bandra Worli Sea Link junction – Turn Left on Sea Link – go straight on Bandra Worli Sea Link towards Toll Naka on North Bound Carriageway – Take a U-Turn before Toll Naka and run towards Worli Sea Face on south bound carriageway – exit from Sea Link end and turn right on Worli Sea Face (Khan Abdul Gafar Khan Road) on south bound carriageway – cross Bindu Madhav Thakre chowk – cross Worli Dairy – Go towards Mela Restaurant - turn right on Dr. Annie Besant Road and go towards National Sports Club of India – Go Straight on Lala Lajpat Rai Marg and run towards Haji Ali Junction – Cross the junction and go straight on Dr. Gopal Rao Deshmukh Marg (Peddar Road) – Cross Jaslok Hospital and climb the Kemps Corner Bridge – go towards Prem Puri Chowk – Turn Right from Prem Puri Chowk and go towards Babulnath Temple – Go straight on Babulnath Road – and take left from Tambe Chowk – Go straight on NSC Bose Road (Marine Drive Road) – Cross Wilson College – Cross Charni Road and Marine Lines Station and go towards Pizzeria junction – Turn left from Pizzeria and go on Veer Nariman Road – Cross Churchgate station and go towards Flora Fountain Junction – Turn Left on D N Road and cross Citibank – Cross ICICI Bank and go towards McDonalds and finish at Capitol Cinema.
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