Istanbul Marathon

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Istanbul Marathon
28thIntercontinentalIstanbulEurasiaMarathon.jpg
Starting point of the 28th Eurasia Marathon, 2006
Date November (formerly: October)
Location Istanbul, Turkey
Event type Road
Distance Marathon
Primary sponsor Vodafone
Established October 1979; 34 years ago (1979-10)
Course records mens: 2:11:16 (2008),
womens: 2:30:17 (2008)
Official site www.istanbulmarathon.org
Turkish road sign "Welcome to Europe", encountered after driving over the Bosphorus Bridge into Europe in Istanbul. Photo taken during the 28th Eurasia Marathon in 2006

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.[1] In 2012, the calendar of the event changed from October to November.

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 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. The course changed three times over the years, therefore winning scores differ.

To register for the marathon, participants must be 18 years of age or older on the race day. The three race categories for men and women are: marathon, 15 km and public run. 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.

Course record for men was set by Moges Taye of Ethiopia in 2 hours 13 minutes and 37seconds (1997), and for women by Madina Biktagirova of Russia in 2:34:25 (2005). In 2006, course record for men was broken by the Lithuanian athlete Mindaugas Pukstas in 2:12:52, and Madina Biktagirova of Russia renewed her own course record for women from the previous year with 2:28:21.

For the first time in 2006, time keeping for marathon and 15 km was effected by means of a single-use chip, which was placed on the athlete's shoe tied by shoelaces. Without this so-called champion-chip, no time keeping was possible.

Money prizes are given to the first 25 male athletes and 15 best female athletes in the marathon category, the first 3 ranks receiving US$35,000, US$15,000 and US$10,000 respectively. An athlete, who broke the course record, is awarded with a bonus of US$5,000. Bonuses exists also for times run between 2:14:00 and 2:04:55 or better for men and between 2:33:00 and 2:15:25 or better for women, scaled from US$500 up to US$100,000. Prizes are also provided for the best ranking athletes in other competition categories.

2006 Istanbul Eurasia Marathon incorporated the 4th European Police Marathon Championships for the first time, which contributed to top results.[2]

The 34th edition was named "Vodafone Istanbul Eurasia Marathon". Becoming a significant marathon event, it was awarded IAAF Gold Label status in 2012.[3]

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 event saw also for the first time security measures concerning the bridge stability. Two years before, the running crowd on the Bosphorus Bridge caused dangerous instability by self-induced vibrations in the structure which could result in its failure. Influenced by this lesson, several start times with ten minutes intervalls were held after the first start, which took place on 9:30 hours. The groups were not allowed to run on the bridge rather than to walk only. In order to avoid stopping for taking pictures, the outmost lanes of the bridge were blocked by barriers.[4]

Winners[edit]

2013

35th marathon was held on November 17, 2013.[5]

  • Overall
  1. France Abraham Kiprotich 2:12:28
  2. Ethiopia Siraj Gena Amda 2:13:19
  3. Kenya Evans Kiplagat 2:14:43
  • Women's
  1. Kenya Rebecca Kangogo Chesire 2.29.05
  2. Turkey Elvan Abeylegesse 2.29.30
  3. Turkey Sultan Haydar 2.29.40
Prize money (both for men and women):[4]
  • Winners: US$50,000
  • Runner-up: US$25,000
  • Third place: US$15,000

Wheelchair runners:

  • Winners: US$5,000
  • Runner-up: US$3,000
  • Third place: US$2,000
2012

34th marathon was held on November 11, 2012.[3]

  • Overall
  1. Kenya Stephen Chebogut 2:11:05
  2. Kenya Kiprotich Yegon 2:15:35
  3. Kenya Evans Kiplagat 2:16:43
  • Women's
  1. Ethiopia Koren Jelela Yal 2:28:06
  2. Ethiopia Amane Gobena 2:28:38
  3. Turkey Sultan Haydar 2:29:41
2011

33rd marathon was held on October 16, 2011.[6]

  • Overall
  1. Kenya Vincent Kiplagat 2:10:58
  2. Ethiopia Tariku Jufar 2:11:31
  3. Ethiopia Tsegay Gebreselassie 2:13:39
  • Women's
  1. Ethiopia Alemitu Abera 2:27:56
  2. Ethiopia Fatuma Sado 2:28:01
  3. Ethiopia Tsega Gelaw 2:28:38
2010

32nd marathon was held on October 17, 2010.[7][8]

  • Overall
  1. Kenya Vincent Kiplagat 2:10:39
  2. Kenya Dereje Yadete Wolde-Giorgis 2:11:53
  3. Ethiopia Girma Assefa 2:13:37
  • Women's
  1. Ethiopia Ashu Kasim Rabo 2:27:25 CRW
  2. Ethiopia Alemitu Abera 2:27:54
  3. Ethiopia Amane Gobena 2.32:28
2009

31st marathon was held on October 18, 2009.[9]

  • Overall
  1. Ethiopia Kasime Adilo Roba 2:12:14
  2. Qatar Faisal Bader Shebto 2:12:54
  3. Kenya Joseph Kahugu 2:13:32
  • Women's
  1. Ethiopia Bizunesh Urgesa 2.32.45
  2. Ethiopia Ashu Kasim Rabo 2.34.54
  3. Russia Svetlana Semova 2.37.04

Awards:[10]

  • Winner men's: US$50,000
  • Winner women's: US$50,000
2008

30th marathon was held on October 26, 2008.

  • Overall
  1. Ethiopia Kasime Adilo Roba 2:11:16 CRM )
  2. Ethiopia Lishan Yigezu Fanta 2:11:37
  3. Moldova Iaroslav Muşinschi 2:11:43
  • Women's
  1. Russia Nailya Yulamanova 2:30:17
  2. Russia Yuliya Gromova 2:31:36
  3. Turkey Mehtap Sızmaz 2:33:17

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) Course changed

Prize money:

  • Winner men's: US$60,000
  • Winner women's: US$60,000
  • Course record: US$10,000
  • World record: US$100,000[12]
2007

29th marathon was held on October 28, 2007.
Motto: "Sağlıklı Çevre, Sağlıklı Nesiller, Yaşanabilir Bir Kent" (Healthy Environment, Healthy Generations)[13]

  • Overall
  1. Kenya David Emmanuel Cheruiyot 2:10:56 CRM
  2. Kenya Mark Windot Yatich 2:11:02
  3. Ethiopia Tariku Jufar 2:11:04
  • Women's
  1. Ethiopia Atsede Baysa 2:29:05
  2. Poland Małgorzata Sobańska 2:31:08
  3. Russia Olga Glok 2:31:10

[14]

Awards:

  • Winner men's: US$60,000
  • Winner women's: US$60,000
  • Course record: US$10,000
  • World record: US$100,000[15]
2006

28th marathon was held on November 5, 2006.
Motto: "Sigarasız Bir Dünya İçin Koşuyoruz" (Smoke-Free World)

  • Overall
  1. Lithuania Mindaugas Pukstas 2:12:52 FCRM
  2. Ukraine Andriy Naumov 2:12:59
  3. Russia Sergey Lukin 2:13:08
  • Women's
  1. Russia Madina Biktagirova 2:28:21 CRW
  2. Russia Liliya Yadzhak 2:29:22
  3. Russia Natalya Volgina 2:30:07
2005

27th marathon was held on October 2, 2005.

  • Overall
  1. Kenya Joseph Mbithi 2:15:13
  2. Kenya Hillary Koech Kipkering 2:15:47
  3. Kenya Benson Mutisya Mbithi 2:16:07
  • Women's
  1. Russia Madina Biktagirova 2:34:25 FCRW
  2. Russia Natalia Volgina 2:36:42
  3. Russia Zhanna Malkova 2:37:33
2004

26th marathon was held on October 10, 2004.

  • Overall
  1. Kenya David Kiptanui 2:18:19
  2. Russia Konstantin Permitin 2:18:25
  3. Ukraine Yuriy Hychun 2:18:35
  • Women's
  1. Russia Svetlana Demidenko 2:36:44
  2. Russia Zhanna Malkova 2:39:36
  3. Russia Olga Glok 2:42:45
2003

25th marathon was held on October 19, 2003.

  • Overall
  1. Ethiopia Belay Wolashe 2:18:29
  2. Russia Oleg Strijakov 2:18:48
  3. Ethiopia Bedasso Turbe 2:18:54
  • Women's
  1. Ukraine Rima Dubovik 2:36:49
  2. Russia Svetlana Demidenko 2:38:34
  3. Russia Irina Safarova 2:39:41
2002

24th marathon was held on October 27, 2002.

  • Overall
  1. Kenya David Kiptanui 2:18:42
  2. South Africa Frans Chauke 2:18:51
  3. Ethiopia Belay Wolashe 2:19:37
  • Women's
  1. Ukraine Rima Dubovik 2:37:20
  2. Moldova Svetlana Tkach 2:37:57
  3. Russia Irina Permitina 2:40:50
2001

23rd marathon was held on October 11, 2001.

  • Overall
  1. Ethiopia Bedasso Turbe 2:18:21
  2. Serbia and Montenegro Sreten Ninković 2:18:22
  3. Morocco Erraoui Mohammad 2:18:35
  • Women's
  1. Ukraine Lyudmyla Pushkina 2:38:21
  2. Turkey Mehtap Sızmaz 2:39:13
  3. Bulgaria Milka Mihailova 2:40:39
2000

22nd marathon was held on October 14, 2000.

  • Overall
  1. Kenya Rop Josephat 2:17:03
  2. Ethiopia Moges Taye 2:18:21
  3. South Africa Frans Chauke 2:18:43
  • Women's
  1. Romania Adriana Chirita 2:37:39
  2. Romania Constantina Diţă 2:37:57
  3. Belarus Natalia Galshko 2:38:17
  • CRM Course record Men's
  • CRW Course record Women's
  • FCRM Former Course record Men's
  • FCRW Former Course record Women's

Notable participants[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Der Intercontinental Istanbul Eurasia Marathon". Marathons. Germanwings. Retrieved 2010-01-12. 
  2. ^ IAAF International Association of Athletics Federations - IAAF.org - News
  3. ^ a b "34. İstanbul Avrasya Maratonu koşuldu". Zaman Spor (in Turish). 2011-11-11. Retrieved 2012-11-11. 
  4. ^ a b "Dev maratonu Kıprotıch ve Chesir kazandı". Hürriyet (in Turkish). 2013-11-18. Retrieved 2013-11-23. 
  5. ^ "35th Vodafone Istanbul Marathon 2013-Marathon Overall Results". Istanbul Marathon. Retrieved 2013-11-23. 
  6. ^ "Maratonu tekrar kazandı". T24.com (in Turkish). 2011-10-16. Retrieved 2011-10-16. 
  7. ^ "Kenyans, Ethiopians sweep medals in Eurasia Marathon". Hürriyet Daily News & Economic Review. 2010-10-17. Retrieved 2010-10-18. 
  8. ^ "Avrasya Maratonu'nun birincileri belli oldu". Hürriyet (in Turkish). 2010-10-19. Retrieved 2010-10-18. 
  9. ^ "Erkeklerde Roba bayanlarda Urgesa 1. oldu". Hürriyet (in Turkish). 2009-10-18. Retrieved 2009-10-18. 
  10. ^ "Ödüller" (in Turkish). Kıtalararası Istanbul Avrasya Maratonu. Retrieved 2009-10-18. [dead link]
  11. ^ 30th Intercontinental Istanbul Eurasia Mararthon 2008 - Marathon Overall Results
  12. ^ Istanbul Marathon Awards (Turkish)
  13. ^ Istanbul Marathon Motto
  14. ^ Istanbul Marathon Results
  15. ^ Istanbul Marathon Awards

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