The Istanbul Marathon is an international athletics competition held in Istanbul, Turkey, first held in the year 1979. It is the only marathon in the world that spans two continents, Asia and Europe. This year’s competitions include 42km and 15km races and an inline skating marathon. Each race is designed for a limited number of participants.
The N Kolay 43rd Istanbul Marathon is set to be staged on November 7, 2021. There are Three types of races for men and women: marathon, 15km and regular running. There are also special categories for people with disabilities. There are approximately over 40,000 Marathon Runners participating this year.
Previously, the marathon was called the Vodafone Istanbul Marathon and the Istanbul Intercontinental Eurasia Marathon.
The route is asphalt, mostly flat, and there is no traffic. It is the only marathon course in the world where two continents, Asia and Europe, participate in one race.
The marathon starts on the Asian side just before the first Bosphorus Bridge, crosses the bridge with spectacular views of the Bosphorus Strait and Istanbul, passes through many historic sites including the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia, and ends at the İnönü Stadium. European side. Gyeongju crosses a total of three bridges, one crossing the Bosphorus and two crossing the Golden Horn. The course was changed during the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic. Started and finished in Yenikapi and crossed the Bosphorus Bridge twice. So the runner started and finished the marathon in Europe, but during the race he made his way to Asia and then both came out.
Ahead of the marathon, from November 4 to 6, a sports fair was held in Istanbul, which will be a meeting place for sports fans.
Prize money will be awarded to the top 25 male and top 15 female runners in the marathon division, with the top three receiving $35,000, $15,000 and $10,000, respectively. The athlete who breaks the distance record will receive a bonus cash prize of $5,000 USD, also between 2:33:00-2:15:25 and above ($500-$100,000) for men and 2:14:00-2:04:55 and above for men. Awards are also awarded to the best players in other competitive categories. Total prize money in 2013 was $1 million.
These events are very critical for the financial improvement of Turkey and the tourism industry. For example, most of the participants are foreigners who come to Istanbul from different international locations for marathons. Many apartments and homes are being rented throughout Istanbul.