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Mumbai gears up for marathon; 3,60,000 register

Dec 23, 2008 01:52 AM IST India India
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Mumbai: Mumbai is back on its feet and set to run united after the crippling 26/11 terror attack. The Mumbai marathon will be held on January 18 for which 3,60,000 people have already registered.

Interestingly the organisers decided to announce the event details at the Trident hotel, which reopened on Sunday after being targetted by terrorists on November 26.

Marathon brand ambassador John Abraham says it's an apt tribute to the victims.

"This place is very relevant to the attack as many hostages were held here. My aunt who works here in Trident was also held here. I was more traumatised as my own blood was also at the place of the attack," said John.

Dignitaries like Deputy Chief Minister Chhaggan Bhujbal, Indian Olympic Association President Suresh Kalmadi and the Commissioner of police attended the event.

Also present was actor and a marathon regular Rahul Bose who said say Mumbai will stand, and run united.

"This year Mumbai will have a lot of passion, there will be a lot of unity behind it. We shall overcome, we shall not let this effect us and we will bounce back," said Bose.

As Mumbai readies to run there's a slogan one can hear on almost every lip in the city - we shall over come.