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Istanbul Marathon

Quick facts

Location Istanbul, Turkey

Distance Marathon

Date November

About Istanbul Marathon

The Istanbul Marathon (full name Vodafone Istanbul Marathon, formerly Intercontinental Istanbul Eurasia Marathon; (Turkish: İstanbul Avrasya Maratonu) is an international athletics event organized by the metropolitan municipality in Istanbul, Turkey, every year on a Sunday in October since 1979.The first Eurasia Marathon was won by Hasan Saylan, a Turkish athlete from the city of Zonguldak, in a time of 2:35:39. Being organized for 30 years, one of the most important features of the Eurasia Marathon is that it aims friendship and peace since day one. 

The race course changed three times over the years, therefore winning times vary in those periods. Well known athletes such as Ian Thompson and Terry Mitchell participated in the Eurasia Marathon, which also became a testing ground for Turkish athletes, many of whom went on to run at international races.The marathon starts on the Asian side of the city, shortly before the First Bosphorus Bridge, crosses the bridge giving an outstanding view of the Bosphorus and Istanbul, passes many historic sites including the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia, and ends in Sultanahmet in the European part. In all, the race crosses three bridges, one over the Bosporus and two over the Golden Horn.

Practicalities

Age Limit

The age limit for 42K race is 18 years.

Aid Stations

Drinking/sponging and refreshment stations are provided every 2.5km after 5kms.

Award Medals

All marathon finishers will receive a commemorative medal at the finish line.

Maximum Time

6 hours.

Timing

A recycling chip which is going to take the running time will be given to all runners at Marathon and Sport EXPO. All runners must tie this timing chips to their shoelace.

Transport

Free transportation to the start area will be provided for the participants on the race day from Taksim, the city centre and from Sultanahmet.

Istanbul Marathon Route Map

Istanbul Marathon Route Map

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Start:

Asian side of Istanbul

Beylerbeyi, İstanbul Çevre Yolu, 34676 Üsküdar/İstanbul, Turkey

Finish:

Ottoman Empire

Cankurtaran Mh., Soğuk Çeşme Sk. No:30, 34122 Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey

Difficulty

rolling

Highlights

Art & Architecture
The conquering armies of ancient times tended to ransack the city rather than endow it with artistic treasures, but all that changed with the Byzantines, who adorned their churches and palaces with mosaics and frescoes. Miraculously, many of these remain. Their successors, the Ottomans, were quick to launch an ambitious building program and the magnificently decorated imperial mosques that resulted are architectural triumphs that together form one of the world's great skylines. In recent years, local banks and business dynasties have reprised the Ottomans' grand ambitions and endowed an impressive array of galleries, museums and festivals for all to enjoy.

Local Life
Some ancient cities are the sum of their monuments, but İstanbul factors a lot more into the equation. Chief among its manifold attractions are the locals, who have an infectious love of life and generosity of spirit. This vibrant, inclusive and expanding community is full of people who work and party hard, treasure family and friendships, and have no problem melding tradition and modernity in their everyday lives. Joining them in their favourite haunts – çay bahçesis (tea gardens), kahvehans (coffeehouses), meyhanes (Turkish taverns) and kebapçıs (kebap restaurants) – will be a highlight of your visit.

Overview

The marathon starts on the Asian side of the city, shortly before the First Bosphorus Bridge, crosses the bridge giving an outstanding view of the Bosphorus and Istanbul, passes many historic sites including the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia, and ends in the İnönü Stadium in the European part. In all, the race crosses three bridges, one over the Bosporus and two over the Golden Horn


Istanbul Marathon Trivia

  • The course is asphalt, mostly flat and is free of traffic. It is the only course in the world where the marathon includes two continents, Asia and Europe, in one race.
  • The course changed three times over the years.
  • A special category for disabled persons exists also. In 2003, 571 athletes (523 men and 48 women) from all over the world took part in the marathon category only. Participation in the public run was with 150.000 people a record set in 1998.
  • In 2013, around 20,000 local and foreigner athletes participated at the road race in different categories, among them wheelchair runners. The total amount of the money prizes was US$1 million.

The race information has been found on the official website of the event or through publicly available sources. Always refer to the official website the latest race information. Please let us know if any data is wrong or missing, by emailing us.