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Istanbul Marathon
38th Istanbul Vodafone Marathon (34).jpg
Starting point of the 28th Eurasia Marathon, 2006
DateNovember
LocationIstanbul, Turkey
Event typeRoad
DistanceMarathon
Primary sponsorN Kolay [tr]
EstablishedOctober 1979 (41 years ago) (1979-10)
Course recordsMen: 2:09:44 (2019)
Kenya Daniel Kibet
Women: 2:18:35 (2018)
Kenya Ruth Chepngetich
Official siteIstanbul Marathon
Participants1,496 marathon finishers (2020)[1]
2,854 (2019)
3,404 (2018)
571 (2003)
"Welcome to Europe" sign on Istanbul's Bosphorus Bridge during the 28th Eurasia Marathon in 2006

The Istanbul Marathon (Turkish: İstanbul Maratonu, also known as N Kolay Istanbul Marathon for sponsorship reasons) is an international athletics event hosted in Istanbul, Turkey, in November, first held in 1979.[2] It is the only marathon in the world whose course spans two continents, Asia and Europe.[a]

The three race categories for men and women are: marathon, 15 km and public run. A special category for disabled persons exists also. Participation in the public run was with 150,000 people a record set in 1998.

The event is organised by Istanbul Sports Events, which also hosts the annual Istanbul Half Marathon in April.[4]

History[edit]

The marathon has previously been known as "Vodafone Istanbul Marathon" as well as "Intercontinental Istanbul Eurasia Marathon".

In 1997, Moges Taye of Ethiopia set the course record for men at the time of 2:13:37.

In 2005, Madina Biktagirova of Russia set the course record for women at the time of 2:34:25.

In 2006, Madina Biktagirova broke her own course record for women from the previous year with 2:28:21, and the course record for men was broken by the Lithuanian athlete Mindaugas Pukstas in 2:12:52. Also, 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. An athlete without this so-called champion-chip would not receive an official time. In addition, the Istanbul Eurasia Marathon that year incorporated the 4th European Police Marathon Championships for the first time, which contributed to top results.[5]

In 2012, the month the marathon was generally held was changed from October to November. That year, the 34th edition of the marathon was named "Vodafone Istanbul Eurasia Marathon". Also that year, because the marathon had become a significant marathon event, it was awarded IAAF Gold Label status.[6]

In 2013, around 20,000 local and foreigner athletes participated at the road race in different categories, among them wheelchair runners. 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 intervals 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.[7]

Course[edit]

External image
image icon Course map of full marathon in 2020[8]

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.[a]

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.

In 2020, during the coronavirus pandemic, the course was altered to begin and end in Yenikapı and cross the Bosphorus Bridge twice, so runners would start and finish the marathon in Europe, but both enter and exit Asia during the run.[8]

Qualification[edit]

To register for the marathon, participants must be 18 years of age or older on the race day.

In 2020, due to the coronavirus pandemic, athletes over the age of 65 were disallowed from participating in the marathon.[9]

Prizes[edit]

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.

In 2013, the total amount of the money prizes was US$1 million.[7]

Winners[edit]

Key:    Course record (in bold)

Ed. Year Men's winner Time[b] Women's winner Time[b] Rf.
1 1979  Hasan Saylam (TUR) 2:35:40 winner data not available
2 1980  Necmettin Sağlam (TUR) 2:36:00
3 1981  Süleyman Sılacı (TUR) 2:31:40
4 1982  İsmail Karagöz (TUR) 2:41:13
5 1983  Ian Thompson (GBR) 2:32:35
6 1984  Mehmet Yurdadön (TUR) 2:22:30
7 1985  Mehmet Terzi (TUR) 2:12:50
8 1986  Hanifi Atmaca (TUR) 2:23:20
9 1987  Jens Wørzner (DEN) 2:16:08  Fatma Erkan (TUR) 3:08:36
10 1988  Ahmet Altun (TUR) 2:15:06  Keriman Günaydin (TUR) 3:12:35
11 1989  Aydın Çeken (TUR) 2:27:41 winner data not available
12 1990  Gazi Aşıkoğlu (TUR) 2:23:09  Ayşegül Battal (TUR) 3:46:24
13 1991  Terry Mitchell (GBR) 2:22:09  Jacqueline Davis (GBR) 2:49:24
14 1992  Cihangir Demirel (TUR) 2:23:28  Aurica Buia (ROM) 2:46:29
15 1993  Jacob Ngunzu (KEN) 2:20:43  Yelena Sipatova (RUS) 2:48:10
16 1994  Bigboy Goromonzi (ZIM) 2:24:58  Serap Aktaş (TUR) 2:46:42
17 1995  Stephen Langat (KEN) 2:17:56  Firaya Sultanova (RUS) 2:34:44
18 1996  Stephen Langat (KEN) 2:18:51  Elena Plastinina (UKR) 2:37:38
19 1997  Moges Taye (ETH) 2:13:37  Adriana Barbu (ROM) 2:34:39
20 1998  Moges Taye (ETH) 2:15:28  Natalya Galushko (BLR) 2:38:10
21 1999  Moges Taye (ETH) 2:13:58  Adriana Barbu (ROM) 2:35:57
22 2000  Josephat Rop (KEN) 2:17:03  Rodica Chiriţă (ROM) 2:37:39
23 2001  Bedaso Turbe (ETH) 2:18:21  Lyudmila Puchkina (UKR) 2:38:21
24 2002  David Chepkwony (KEN) 2:18:42  Rimma Dubovik (UKR) 2:37:20
25 2003  Belaye Wolashe (ETH) 2:18:29  Rimma Dubovik (UKR) 2:36:49
26 2004  David Chepkwony (KEN) 2:18:19  Svetlana Demidenko (RUS) 2:36:44
27 2005  Joseph Mbithi (KEN) 2:15:13  Madina Biktagirova (RUS) 2:34:25
28 2006  Mindaugas Pukštas (LIT) 2:12:52  Madina Biktagirova (RUS) 2:28:21
29 2007  David Cheruiyot (KEN) 2:11:00  Atsede Baysa (ETH) 2:29:08
30 2008  Kasine Adilo (ETH) 2:11:16  Nailiya Yulamanova (RUS) 2:30:17
31 2009  Kasine Adilo (ETH) 2:12:14  Bizunesh Urgesa (ETH) 2:32:45
32 2010  Vincent Kiplagat (KEN) 2:10:42  Ashu Kasim (ETH) 2:27:27
33 2011  Vincent Kiplagat (KEN) 2:10:58  Alemitu Abera (ETH) 2:27:56
34 2012  Stephen Chebogut (KEN) 2:11:05  Koren Jelela (ETH) 2:28:06
35 2013  Siraj Gena (ETH) 2:13:19  Rebecca Chesire (KEN) 2:29:05
36 2014  Gebo Burka (ETH) 2:12:23  Amane Gobena (ETH) 2:28:46
37 2015  Elias Chelimo (KEN) 2:11:17  Amane Gobena (ETH) 2:31:58
38 2016  Evans Kiplagat (AZE) 2:13:30  Agnes Barsosio (KEN) 2:28:25 [10]
39 2017  Abraham Kiprotich (FRA) 2:11:22  Ruth Chepngetich (KEN) 2:22:36 [11]
40 2018  Felix Kimutai (KEN) 2:09:57  Ruth Chepngetich (KEN) 2:18:35 [12]
41 2019  Daniel Kibet (KEN) 2:09:44  Hirut Tibebu (ETH) 2:23:40 [13]
42 2020  Benard Cheruiyot (KEN) 2:11:49  Diana Kipyogei (KEN) 2:22:06 [14]

By country[edit]

Country Men's race Women's race Total
 Kenya 14 4 18
 Ethiopia 9 8 17
 Turkey 11 4 15
 Russia 0 6 6
 Romania 0 4 4
 Ukraine 0 4 4
 United Kingdom 2 1 3
 Azerbaijan 1 0 1
 Denmark 1 0 1
 France 1 0 1
 Lithuania 1 0 1
 Zimbabwe 1 0 1
 Belarus 0 1 1

Recent results[edit]

2016

38th marathon was held on November 13, 2016

  1. Azerbaijan Evans Kiplagat Barkowet 2:13:28
  2. Ethiopia Shura Kitata Tola 2:14:08
  3. Kenya Peter Kiptoo Kiplagat 2:14:33
  1. Kenya Agnes Jeruto Barsosio 2:28:23
  2. Ethiopia Sechale Dalasa Adugna 2:33:36
  3. Ethiopia Rahma Tusa Chota 2:33:43
2015

37th marathon was held on November 15, 2015.

  1. Kenya Eliaz Kemboi Chelimo 2:11:17
  2. Kenya Evans Kiplagat 2:12:51
  3. Kenya Sliah Kipkemboi Limo 2:14:02
  1. Ethiopia Amane Gobena Gemeda 2:31:54
  2. Ethiopia Zerfie Limeneh Tadese 2:40:47
  3. Turkey Meryem Erdoğan 2:46:37

Prize money (both for men and women):[citation needed]

  • Winners: US$50,000
  • Runner-up: US$25,000
  • Third place: US$15,000
2014

36th marathon was held on November 16, 2014.[19]

  • Overall
  1. Morocco Hafid Chani 2:11:53
  2. Ethiopia Gebo Burka 2:12:23
  3. Kenya Michael Kiprop 2:12:39
  • Women's
  1. Ethiopia Amane Gobena 2:28:47
  2. Ethiopia Salomie Getnet 2:30:38
  3. Ukraine Olena Burkovska 2:31:32
Prize money (both for men and women):
  • 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
2013

35th marathon was held on November 17, 2013.[20]

  • Overall
  1. Ethiopia Siraj Gena Amda 2:13:19
  2. Kenya Evans Kiplagat 2:14:43
  3. Ethiopia Ketema Tadesse 2:14:52
  • Women's
  1. Kenya Rebecca Chesire 2.29.05
  2. Turkey Elvan Abeylegesse 2.29.30
  3. Turkey Sultan Haydar 2.29.40

NB Original race winner Abraham Kiprotich was disqualified for a doping offence.[21][22]

Prize money (both for men and women):
  • 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.

  • 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.[23]

  • 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.[24][25]

  • 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.[26]

  • 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:[27]

  • 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

[28]

) 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[29]
2007

29th marathon was held on October 28, 2007.
Motto: "Sağlıklı Çevre, Sağlıklı Nesiller, Yaşanabilir Bir Kent" (Healthy Environment, Healthy Generations)[30]

  • 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

[31]

Awards:

  • Winner men's: US$60,000
  • Winner women's: US$60,000
  • Course record: US$10,000
  • World record: US$100,000[32][33]
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]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b A marathon in Yekaterinburg, Russia, the Europe-Asia International Marathon, also claims to cross the border between Europe and Asia.[3]
  2. ^ a b h:m:s

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