Grand Atatürk Run

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Grand Atatürk Run
Date December 27
Location Ankara, Turkey
Event type Road
Distance 10K
Primary sponsor Turkish Athletic Federation
Established 1936
Course records
  • 29:10 men's 2013
  • 32:19 women's 2002

The Grand Atatürk Run (Turkish: Büyük Atatürk Koşusu) is an annual road running event of 10K run, which takes place on 27 December in Ankara, Turkey. The date coincides with the first visit of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, founder of the Turkish Republic, to Ankara.[1] The competition has been held every year since 1936.[2] It is organised under the auspices of Turkish Athletic Federation (Turkish: Türkiye Atletizm Federasyonu).[3]

The race distance is roughly (10.8 km (6.7 mi), though it is not a certifiably measured course. Historically, the race has ranged from 10 to 12 km (6.2 to 7.5 mi) in length.[2] The course is set in the centre of the city, starting at Dikmen Valley Park and finishing at the front of Ankara Central Station.[3] Initially an event for men only, a women's section was introduced in 1992, and races for both genders are now held annually.[2] It is one of the longest running road race events in Europe.[4]

Past winners of the race include many of the country's top distance runners. In the men's race, winners include European medallist Halil Akkaş and Mediterranean Games champions Ekrem Koçak and Mehmet Terzi. Double Olympic silver medallist Elvan Abeylegesse and Binnaz Uslu (runner-up at the European Cross Country Championships) have won on the women's side. Sükrü Saban is the most successful athlete in the history of the competition, having won eight times between 1960 and 1970. The fastest times recorded for the race are 29:26 minutes for men (set by Zeki Öztürk in 1996) and 32:19 minutes for women (set by Elvan Abeylegesse in 2002).[2]

Past winners[edit]

Key:       Course record

Year Men's winner Sports club Women's winner Sports club
1936 Galip Darılmaz Ankara Demirspor Not held
1937 Şevki Koru Ankaragücü
1938 Mustafa Kaplan Ankara Demirspor
1939 Adnan Darılmaz Ankara Demirspor
1940 Mustafa Kaplan Ankara Demirspor
1941 Eşref Aydın Fenerbahçe SK
1942 Zürref Aşılmaz Eskişehir
1943 Mustafa Kaplan Ankara Demirspor
1944 Eşref Aydın Fenerbahçe SK
1945 Mustafa Özcan Gençlerbirliği
1946 Mustafa Kaplan Ankara Demirspor
1947 Mustafa Özcan Gençlerbirliği
1948 Osman Coşgül Jandarmagücü
1949 Osman Coşgül Jandarmagücü
1950 Mustafa Özcan Gençlerbirliği
1951 Osman Coşgül Fenerbahçe SK
1952 Cahit Önel Galatasaray SK
1953 Abdullah Kökpınar Karagücü
1954 Ekrem Koçak Fenerbahçe SK
1955 Hüseyin Topsakal Hacettepe
1956 Ekrem Koçak Fenerbahçe SK
1957 Ekrem Koçak Fenerbahçe SK
1958 Muharrem Dalkılıç Jandarmagücü
1959 Muharrem Dalkılıç Jandarmagücü
1960 Şükrü Saban Fenerbahçe SK
1961 Şükrü Saban Fenerbahçe SK
1962 Muharrem Dalkılıç Fenerbahçe SK
1963 Şükrü Saban Eskişehir
1964 Muharrem Dalkılıç Fenerbahçe SK
1965 Şükrü Saban Eskişehir
1966 Şükrü Saban Eskişehir
1967 Şükrü Saban Eskişehir
1968 Muharrem Dalkılıç Fenerbahçe SK
1969 Şükrü Saban Eskişehir
1970 Şükrü Saban Eskişehir
1971 Hamza Canavar Denizli
1972 Hikmet Şen Fenerbahçe SK
1973 Hikmet Şen Fenerbahçe SK
1974 Musa Kalemoğlu Ankara Emniyet
1975 Mehmet Yurdadön Kars
1976 Sıddık Dursun Ağrı
1977 Mehmet Yurdadön Yenişehirspor
1978 Mehmet Yurdadön Yenişehirspor
1979 Mehmet Yurdadön Yenişehirspor
1980 Mehmet Yurdadön Yenişehirspor
1981 Mehmet Yurdadön Yenişehirspor
1982 Mehmet Yurdadön Yenişehirspor
1983 Mehmet Yurdadön Fenerbahçe SK
1984 Mehmet Terzi Fenerbahçe SK
1985 Mehmet Terzi Fenerbahçe SK
1986 Zeki Öztürk Şişecam Paşabahçe
1987 Zeki Öztürk Şişecam Paşabahçe
1988 Zeki Öztürk Şişecam Paşabahçe
1989 Nihat Yaylalı Şişecam Paşabahçe
1990 Zeki Öztürk Şişecam Paşabahçe
1991 Nihat Yaylalı Şişecam Paşabahçe
1992 Zeki Öztürk Sincan Belediyesi Lale Öztürk Yenimahalle
1993 Nihat Yaylalı Fenerbahçe SK Lale Öztürk Yenimahalle
1994 Nihat Yaylalı Fenerbahçe SK Serap Aktaş Güneş Sigorta
1995 Fatih Çintımar Erzurum TT Lale Öztürk Yenimahalle
1996 Zeki Öztürk İstanbul BB Serap Aktaş Fenerbahçe SK
1997 Metin Sazak Fenerbahçe SK Lale Öztürk Yenimahalle
1998 Metin Sazak Fenerbahçe SK Nuray Sürekli Fenerbahçe SK
1999 Abdülkadir Türk Fenerbahçe SK Ebru Kavaklıoğlu Fenerbahçe SK
2000 Abdülkadir Türk Gebze Belediyespor Nuray Sürekli Fenerbahçe SK
2001 Abdülkadir Türk Gebze Belediyespor Elvan Abeylegesse Enkaspor
2002 Sergey Ivanov  Russia Elvan Abeylegesse Enkaspor
2003 Sergey Ivanov  Russia Galina Yemelyanova  Russia
2004 Halil Akkaş Enkaspor Nuray Sürekli Fenerbahçe SK
2005 Halil Akkaş Enkaspor Binnaz Uslu Enkaspor
2006 Halil Akkaş Fenerbahçe SK Binnaz Uslu Enkaspor
2007 Abdülkadir Türk Fenerbahçe SK Emebet Bacha Lencho  Ethiopia
2008 Kemal Koyuncu Kocaeli B.B. Kağıt SK Türkan Erişmiş Üsküdar Belediyespor
2009 Mehmet Çağlayan Kocaeli B.B. Kağıt SK Sultan Haydar Enkaspor
2010 Murat Ertaş Kocaeli B.B. Kağıt SK Binnaz Uslu Enkaspor
2011[5] Mert Girmalegesse Fenerbahçe SK Binnaz Uslu Enkaspor
2012[6] Ali Haydar Tekgöz Istanbul B.B. SK[7] Türkan Özata[8] Beşiktaş JK[9]
2013[10] Mehmet Çağlayan Aksaray Belediye SK Tsehynesh Tsenga  Azerbaijan

Most wins[edit]

Men's
Wins Name Years
8 Şükrü Saban 1960, 1961, 1963, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1969, 1970
Mehmet Yurdadön 1975, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983
6 Zeki Öztürk 1986, 1987, 1988, 1990, 1992, 1996
5 Muharrem Dalkılıç 1956, 1959, 1962, 1964, 1968
4 Mustafa Kaplan 1938, 1940, 1943, 1946
Abdülkadir Türk 1999, 2000, 2001, 2007
Nihat Yaylalı 1989, 1991, 1993, 1994
3 Halil Akkaş 2004, 2005, 2006
Osman Coşgül 1948, 1949, 1951
Ekrem Koçak 1954, 1956, 1957
Mustafa Özcan 1945, 1947, 1950
2 Eşref Aydın 1941, 1944
Sergey Ivanov 2002, 2003
Metin Sazak 1997, 1998
Hikmet Şen 1972, 1973
Mehmet Terzi 1984, 1985
Women's
Wins Name Years
4 Lale Öztürk 1992, 1993, 1995, 1997
Binnaz Uslu 2005, 2006, 2010, 2011
3 Nuray Sürekli 1998, 2000, 2004
2 Elvan Abeylegesse 2001, 2002
Serap Aktaş 1994, 1996
Türkan Erişmiş Özata 2008, 2012

References[edit]

  1. ^ Büyük Atatürk Koşusunu Kazananlar Listesi (Turkish). Ankara Masterleri Spor Kulübü. Retrieved on 2011-12-17.
  2. ^ a b c d Tafolar, Meric & Gasparovic, Juraj (2011-10-21). Grand Ataturk Run 10 km. Association of Road Racing Statisticians. Retrieved on 2011-12-17.
  3. ^ a b 76. Büyük Atatürk Koşusu (Turkish). Türkiye Atletizm Federasyonu. Retrieved on 2011-12-17.
  4. ^ Longest Running Road Races. ARRS (2011-12-07). Retrieved on 2011-12-17.
  5. ^ "Büyük Atatürk Koşusu, Ankara’da yapıldı". Milliyet Spor (in Turkish). 2011-12-27. Retrieved 2013-06-05. 
  6. ^ "77. Büyük Atatürk Koşusu Gerçekleştirildi". Son Dakika (in Turkish). 2012-12-27. Retrieved 2013-06-05. 
  7. ^ "Atatürk Koşusu Tekgöz’ün..." (in Turkish). Istanbul B.B. SK. 2012-12-27. Retrieved 2013-06-05. 
  8. ^ Dolu, Erol (2013-01-02). "Türkan Özata ‘Atatürk’ü Çok Seviyorum’ Diyerek Koşuyor". Marmaris Güncel (in Turkish). Retrieved 2013-06-05. 
  9. ^ "Atletizmde Başarılı Sonuçlar" (in Turkish). Beşiktaş J.K. Retrieved 2013-06-05. 
  10. ^ "Yüzlerce Kişi Atatürk İçin Koştu". Türkiye Atletizm Federasyonu (in Turkish). 2013-12-27. Retrieved 2013-12-28. 
List of winners