Participating In The Mumbai Marathon? 7 Routes To Practice At Before Race Day

Marathons in Mumbai are fast-approaching, and the serious runners probably started training sometime last year to complete either the 21-kilometer or the 42-kilometer race. Of course, there is the Dream Run to opt for, but that’s for those who want to have fun. Yet, there are those who take the Dream Run seriously and run the entire distance.

We share some of the best routes you can take to prepare yourself and increase your stamina before race day.

Marine Drive

Running on the famous promenade with the sea breeze hitting your face is something dreams are made of. And in Mumbai, that dream is a reality. We'd suggest hit up this route early morning, as evening kind of get crowded. So, put on some music, drink some fresh juice from the stalls, meet some cute dogs and you've got a fantastic start of you day.

Distance: 4 kms

Elevation: Mostly Flat

#LBBTip: For those who want to run at an incline, try running up the slope leading to Teen Batti. 

Worli Sea Face

Another part of the city that gives you the wonderful sea breeze, Worli sea face is a great route to train yourself for the marathon. The best part? The lovely sealink view. There are also a bunch of equipments if you're a fan of working out in the open.  

Distance: 3 kms approx.

Elevation: Mostly Flat

Yeoor Hills, Thane

One of the most scenic places for a good run, Yeoor Hills is located near Sanjay Gandhi National Park, away from Mumbai city’s bustling life. It is usually favoured by cyclists and runners, but you have to pay an entry fee. It’s absolutely worth it though.

Distance: 1.2 kms approx.

Elevation: Incline

National Parks & Wildlife Sanctuaries

Yeoor Hills

Near Upvan Lake, Thane West, Mumbai

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    Powai

    Running the stretch along Powai lake is an experience like no other. You have a promenade, around Powai lake and also has better, developed roads than most parts of the city. You can enjoy a long run combining Hiranandani Gardens, Powai Lake and the Forest Park. Altogether, that would cover about 4-5 kms!

    Distance: 1.4 kms along the promenade

    Elevation: Mostly Flat

    Bandra Sealink Promenade

    The latest in the list of promenades in the city, the Bandra Sealink promenade has a number of morning walkers and runners. The roughly two-kilometer stretch one way, is divided into solid and muddy paths, which gives runners strength training.

    Distance: 2 kms approx.

    Elevation: Mixed

    Tourist Attractions

    Bandra Worli Sea Link

    Mount Mary, Bandra West, Mumbai

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      Shivaji Park , Dadar

      One of the largest parks in Mumbai, covering about 27 acres, you have the option of running in a green space with a sea view. There are a number of paths within the park for running, including a perimeter path of 1 mile.

      Distance: 1.3 kms

      Elevation: Flat

      Beaches of Mumbai

      For beginners, one should try running in Mumbai’s beaches because running on wet sand is considered one of the best running techniques for both beginners and advanced runners.

      #LBBTip

      While you’re practicing, try running with a friend or a partner who motivates you. One of the best tips to not get breathless is to actually jog or run at a pace where you can still talk. Keep yourself hydrated with plenty of fluids and eat light till D-Day.