Oldest runner won’t participate this year, alleges mismanagement

Mumbai: This year’s Mumbai Marathon would not witness its ‘marvellous’ runner – Dagdu Bhamre a centenarian, who grabbed media attention first in 2017, when he participated for the first time in this event which has gained international prominence with participants from around the globe. Bhamre, who is as usual fit and fine, has decided not to run this year owing to the “mismanagement” of the event organisers. The 106-year-old former ‘munimji’ (Accountant) has alleged that there is no proper guidance or indicators on routes, which creates too much of confusion. Speaking to The Free Press Journal, Subhash Amrutkar, the son-in-law of Bhamre confirmed that his father-in-law will not participate in the 5km dream run.

“This year we have decided not to take part in the event as there is a huge mismanagement regarding routes. There are no sufficient indicators, which can help a participant on the route as to in which direction one has to proceed,” Amrutkar said. He further added, “No proper guidance results in confusion and sometimes we land up at a wrong spot or a wrong direction.”According to Amrutkar, his father-in-law decided not to participate this year because of the more than enough barricading. “There is too much barricading. We have to walk from our hotel all the way to the starting point, which is usually one kilometres away. Thus, we end up walking an extra kilometre,” Amrutkar said.  Amrutkar also trashed the rumours that Bhamre is not well and so is not participating in the event. “He is totally fit and fine and is leading his life as usual. He is not at all on any medications and is medically fit. He recently celebrated his 106th birthday at Malegaon, his hometown.” Mumbai marathon has become a platform for participants to flaunt their modern sports wears, however, since last two years, Bhamre has been making his own style statement by sticking to his ‘traditional Indian wear.’ Unlike these air resistant gear Bhamre ran in his usual dhoti and kurta and in a pair of ‘jootis’. He had become popular and this could be seen on the streets when co-participants stopped to click a selfie with him.

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