Memories of each Mumbai Marathon fade quicker each year as the racing calendar in India gets more crowded with each passing year. However, as the flagship race of the country it is worthwhile using it as a benchmark race to assess how things are progressing, both for the race itself and for the runners within it.
I wrote a quick update a year ago on the numbers of 2017, and before that, on the numbers of 2016, and this short conversation is to provide you with an equivalent update for the 2018 race event of 21st January.
The total number of participants in the Mumbai [Half+Full] Marathon went up again this year but only marginally (by less than 1000). Of that, in the half marathon, the numbers were capped (presumably for safety reasons) and the full marathon saw another year of increasing participation.
The overall (mean and median) race times of those who crossed the finish line shows an improving trend for the half marathon. (I might provide further insight regarding that in the weeks ahead.) For the full marathon, the improvement over last year was probably driven by the better weather. For both races, it is unjustifiable and unfair to comment much, without delving into the details.
To get a better picture of what has been happening with aggregate numbers, you can also see my much earlier report on what happened between 2010-2014. And for the most sophisticated analysis on Indian marathon running so far you may want to look at the question “Are Recreational Marathoners in India getting Faster?” and its follow-on multi-year cohort analysis in “You are getting slower sooner than you think“.
If you had not already thought about it when looking at the graphs and tables in this article, then from the two earlier articles on consecutive races, and multi-year cohort analysis, you would have figured out that interesting stories are hidden in the details of aggregated statistics. I might tease out more such stories for you in the weeks to come. Until then, here are the tables for the graphs above.
Dr Purnendu Nath spends his waking hours focusing on helping individuals and organizations reach their goals, to make the world a better place. He speaks, writes and advises on topics such as finance, investment management, discipline, education, self-improvement, exercise, nutrition, health and fitness, leadership and parenting.