Boardroom biggies at Mumbai Marathon: Tata Sons, FB, Viacom bosses put their best foot forward

The various events — short distances included — had more than 55,000 participants.

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From (L-R, clockwise): Despite the optimism and a heavy turnout from corporate bigwigs like Anil Ambani, Tata Sons Chairman N Chandrasekaran, TCS CEO Rajesh Gopinathan and Indiabulls Housing Finance MD Gagan Banga at the running event, these sudden health casualties left a bitter taste in the mouth.
MUMBAI: Mumbai marathon saw Inc honchos come out on the streets and participate in the Dream Run in large numbers. The corporate captains of the country made sure that their company's flag flew high.

“The weather is kind and the whole city is going to be cheering,” said Tata Sons N Chandrasekaran in the early hours of Sunday at Worli, where the temperature at 5 am was just a shade below 20 degrees Celsius; optimum conditions for the Tata Mumbai Marathon.

Next to Chandrasekaran was Rajesh Gopinathan, CEO, Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), wearing a red and blue Tata sports jersey.


“All the best to the runners — have a wonderful wonderful race,” Chandrasekaran video tweeted at 4:37 am, about half an hour before Maharashtra tourism minister Aaditya Thackeray flagged off the half marathon from Worli Dairy. The full marathon of 42 km was kicked off at about the same time at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus.


About four hours later, Chandrasekaran and Gopinathan were posing for photos at Mumbai’s Azad Maidan where the various events ended, having completed the distance comfortably.

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Setting Personal Records
Employees from leading corporates took to the streets of Mumbai on Sunday in what’s become an annual celebration of long distance running.

Tata, Bajaj Electricals, Facebook, Bank of Baroda, NPCI, Cipla, Viacom — all had corporate teams in the fray on Sunday at the 17th edition of the event.

The men’s full marathon was won by Ethiopia’s Derara Hurisa, 22, in 2 hours, 8 minutes and 15 seconds, setting a new course record. First among the women was his compatriot Amane Beriso.

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Mumbai: Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju (L) along with the winners, gold medallist Derara Hurisa (C), silver medal winner Ayele Abshero (2nd L) and bronze medal winner Birhanu Teshome during the Tata Mumbai Marathon 2020.
Mumbai: Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju (L) along with the winners, gold medallist Derara Hurisa (C), silver medal winner Ayele Abshero (2nd L) and bronze medal winner Birhanu Teshome during the Tata Mumbai Marathon 2020.

The various events — short distances included — had more than 55,000 participants. The full course took runners through Marine Drive, Mahalaxmi Race Course, Haji Ali, the Bandra-Worli Sea Link, Pedder Road, Babulnath temple and Churchgate before the ending at Azad Maidan.

Other categories included a non-timed Dream Run, one for senior citizens, one for people with disabilities and a timed 10 km event.
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Those who managed to meet their goals were quietly elated.

“Running has always been therapeutic for me. Over the years, I’ve shifted focus from trying to set personal records each time to personal victories,” said Gagan Banga, managing director, Indiabulls Housing Finance. “This year, the marathon was afforded great weather and the enthusiasm was infectious. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience.” Banga completed the 21-km half marathon in 1 hour and 42 minutes.

Gagan Banga, managing director, Indiabulls Housing Finance felt that the enthusiasm at the marathon was infectious. (Representative Image)
Gagan Banga, managing director, Indiabulls Housing Finance felt that the enthusiasm at the marathon was infectious. (Representative Image)

Others were happy to keep the company flag flying.

“Proud to finish Tata Mumbai Marathon today as a Barodian from Bank of Baroda and also achieving my personal best timing,” said Sharad Saxena, the lender’s chief technology officer.

Others applied lessons from running to their working life and vice versa.

“Long-distance running involves calibrated planning and rigorous execution; it involves consistent practice and it builds self-awareness and resilience — all of which is highly useful in managing business and teams,” said Siddharth Banerjee, global business leader and director, Facebook.

Siddharth Banerjee, global business leader and director, Facebook felt that running helps build self-awareness and enthusiasm.
Siddharth Banerjee, global business leader and director, Facebook felt that running helps build self-awareness and enthusiasm.

Cipla Global executive vice chairperson Samina Vaziralli congratulated the team of runners from the company that has swelled in size over the past four years. What started with a mere 10 of us in 2016, today has grown more than 10x stronger,” she tweeted. “Proud to have run alongside 160 marathoners from Cipla Global for whom caring truly runs in their DNA.”

HIIT Routine, Speed Workouts & Consistency: How India Inc Bosses Get Marathon-Ready
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Leading business names share what they are doing new for the upcoming marathon season. Here is a checklist of their goals as they lace up their shoes.

Leading business names share what they are doing new for the upcoming marathon season. Here is a checklist of their goals as they lace up their shoes.
Rashesh Shah
CEO, Edelweiss Group

“This time I’m going to do the half marathon in Mumbai and the full in Tokyo in March. I have my runner’s group, where we do speed workouts twice a week. There are about 20 of us who are going to the Tokyo Marathon together. Earlier we used to only do distance [training], but now we do speed workouts on a 400-metre track.”
Rashesh Shah CEO, Edelweiss Group “This time I’m going to do the half marathon in Mumbai and the full in Tokyo in March. I have my runner’s group, where we do speed workouts twice a week. There are ..
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Nikhil Arora
MD, GoDaddy India

“While I change my daily workout to prepare for an upcoming marathon, I believe in being consistent in my fitness routine. My regular regimen includes a mix of steadystate and high intensity training (HIIT) workouts. On weekends, I raise the intensity and put in about three to four hours, usually early in the morning, for long runs. I have recently started training in boxing. It builds up a lot of lower body endurance as you are on your feet and moving all the time. It’s also helping me improve agility, speed and focus.”
Nikhil Arora MD, GoDaddy India “While I change my daily workout to prepare for an upcoming marathon, I believe in being consistent in my fitness routine. My regular regimen includes a mix of steadys..
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Shanti Ekambaram
President, consumer banking, Kotak Mahindra Bank

“I’ve been running the marathon for 12 years and for me, there are two parts to prepping. One is the physical training, which I do four times a week, and the other is raising funds for charity. I run mainly to raise funds and that is what keeps me going. The rest, the trainers take care of.”
Shanti Ekambaram President, consumer banking, Kotak Mahindra Bank “I’ve been running the marathon for 12 years and for me, there are two parts to prepping. One is the physical training, which I do ..
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Gagan Banga
MD, Indiabulls Housing Finance

“Over the years, I’ve followed a strong regimen in the run-up to marathons, with greater intensity in the running season from June to January. Last year, the Mumbai Marathon was midway through my training for the Tokyo Marathon, so I was deep in the grind of things. This year, however, has been a busy one and I have been unable to maintain the regular rigour. I am currently getting in around 40-45 km a week spread across three to four days.”
Gagan Banga MD, Indiabulls Housing Finance “Over the years, I’ve followed a strong regimen in the run-up to marathons, with greater intensity in the running season from June to January. Last year, t..
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Dheeraj Gupta
MD, Jumboking

“This year will be my eighth run at the Mumbai marathon. While the first seven were done on my own using training plans from the internet, this year, I decided to train with a group. There is a science to all this, and thanks to my coach, I feel much stronger and chances of injury or post run body pain are reduced significantly.”
Dheeraj Gupta MD, Jumboking “This year will be my eighth run at the Mumbai marathon. While the first seven were done on my own using training plans from the internet, this year, I decided to train w..
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Sundeep Chugh
CEO, Benetton India

“Consistency is key when it comes to planning a marathon. During the year, I keep running at least 10K twice a week, and closer to the marathon, I increase the distance and intensity so that it is easier on the day of the run. Also, strength training and playing different games helps in building stamina and endurance.”
Sundeep Chugh CEO, Benetton India “Consistency is key when it comes to planning a marathon. During the year, I keep running at least 10K twice a week, and closer to the marathon, I increase the dist..
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