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Mumbai Marathon: The 16th edition of the the prestigious Tata Mumbai Marathon 2019 was flagged off by legendary boxer Mary Kom from Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT) on Sunday. The total prize money awarded will be USD 405,000. Also Read - BEST to Operate 250 More Buses From June 8 in Mumbai

The event is being held under six categories – marathon, half marathon, open 10K run, dream run, senior citizens’ run and champions with disability. As per a report, 8,414 runners are expected to participate in the Full Marthon, 15, 457  in Half Marathon, 2,516 in Open 10K, 17,661 in Dream Run, 1,005 in Senior Citizens Run, and 1,301 in Champions with Disability. Also Read - BEST Buses to Resume Services From Monday | Here Are The New Rules

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While races in all other categories started from CSMT, the starting point of the half marathon is Worli Dairy. The finishing point for half marathon and open 10K run is Hazarimal Somani Marg. The champions with disability race will finish on MG Road near traffic police and the dream run and senior citizens will finish at the Metro.

In the men’s elite race, leading the pack is the fastest man in the running field — Abera Kuma from Ethopia — with a personal best (PB) of 02:05:50, aiming for Tata Mumbai Marathon course record, whereas in the women’s category, Ethiopia’s Amane Gobena with her personal best timing of 02:21:51 is all set to defend women’s title.

The other elite athletes to look out for will be Mongolian Marathon record holder, Serod Batochir, Dinknesh Mekash from Bekoji, Ethopia (known as the ‘Town of Runners’), and Kenya’s Jacob Kendagor. The Indian men’s race is also expected to be a close encounter. Defending Champion and Asian Marathon Champion, Gopi Thonakal will face a strong opposition with the Tata Mumbai Marathon course record holder Nitendra Singh Rawat.

The other big names in the fray are Rashpal Singh, who has PB of 2:19:19, Karan Singh with a PB of 2:22:17, and Bahadur Singh Dhoni with a PB of 2:19:13 .

In the wake of the event, the Mumbai Traffic Police has issued an advisory about the roads which are to be avoided. The BEST buses will not ply on certain routes during the event. Besides, the timings of at least four Mumbai local trains also have been changed.