Mumbai makes a dash for trainers in the run-up to marathon

Written By Unknown on Rabu, 14 Januari 2015 | 22.23

MUMBAI: Long-distance coaches are working overtime to train sports enthusiasts who are going to participate in the Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon (SCMM) to be held on January 18.

As most of these trainers have participated in the event, they have special tips for the youngsters who they are coaching.

Athlete Leelamma Alphonso said she is currently training more than 40 people for the marathon.

"I am training more than 20 people who are going to run the half-marathon. Initially, people would come for weight loss, later for improving their health and now people take training to run the marathon," said Alphonso, who has participated and even won the Mumbai Marathon in the open category two times in the past.

Brinston Miranda is training over 200 people for this year's edition of the marathon. He has coached actor Lisa Haydon in the past. "From 18 years to 65 years, there are people across age groups who have started coming to get trained especially for the Mumbai Marathon," said Miranda

"However, I always insist that in order to run the half-marathon, which is 21-km-long, people should enrol for training at least six months before the event. If they sign up for crash courses, then there might be stress felt on their bones and body overall. I took part in previous marathons but now I only concentrate on training the participants. Today, running has greatly changed the city," he added.

Another trainer Savio Dsouza (61), who coaches at Nariman Point and Priyadarshani Park in south Mumbai, said the oldest member enrolled with him is 72 years old.

"I would also be running the half-marathon. All those who are training with me are gearing up for the big event. I have been training participants since the first edition of the marathon," said Dsouza. Chartered Mumbai Marathon (SCMM),Sports,Priyadarshani Park,Long-distance coaches,enthusiasts

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