To promote physical training and sports as well as contribute to a healthy lifestyle in our society, the committee has decided to organize a marathon event every year on April 27th-28th weekend where thousands of participants from Turkey and abroad will participate. It is known that Istanbul Marathon is one of the most popular marathons not only with foreign tourists but also with Turkish people. Every year more than 20,000 runners take part in the race and among them, many winners have achieved success at the international level. Nowadays, it has become an important sporting event in Turkey particularly after having been granted IAAF Bronze Label Road Race status.
The Marathon is planned to be held every year on 27 April – 28 April weekend. Istanbul’s historical places such as Topkapi Palace and Eyüp Sultan Mosque, are decorated with colorful balloons to show the spirit of festivity during the event. The starting point of the Marathon is Eyup district close to the Golden Horn on early Sunday morning. It will continue its way up through Fatih district, reaching Edirnekapı from where it turns into the European side of Bosporus Bridge before arriving at Beylerbeyi. Later on, it passes by Yedikule Fortress and finishes at Eminönü Square.
It starts from Parkorman (Eyüp) which has been called “The father of Istanbul”. After passing through Fatih district, the marathon will reach Edirnekapı on the European side of Bosporus Bridge. Later it passes by Yedikule Fortress and reaches Beylerbeyi. From there, runners will turn into Eminönü Square where the smashing finish line is located.
The Marathon will be started by Eyupsultan on Saturday morning at 09:00. The expected number of participants is 3600 people with more than 200 volunteers who are ready to help the race proceed smoothly.
One day before the marathon this sidereal city will turn into a historic place as everyone will come here to be part of this event. Due to its unique features, Istanbul draws attention every year more and more runners either local or foreign nationals coming especially for the Marathon weekend. So if you want to run through all historical parts of the city or if you want to feel Istanbul within a short period, this event is for you.
The marathon attracts a great number of foreign runners from all over the world, particularly from Asia, America, and Europe. The registration for this year has already started. Please find the application form in the attached file below. We look forward to seeing you next April!
With its unrivaled services and supporting us from the first day of the event, Turkish Airlines makes sure that we will have a successful partnership every year. So if you are planning to go to Turkey or Istanbul, our organization’s most important supporter, Turkish Airlines is always ready to provide you and your friends with the best services at affordable prices.