03 November Sunday

Record Number of People Participate in Istanbul Marathon

The world's only intercontinental sports event, the Vodafone 41st Istanbul Marathon took place on Sunday 3 November. Organized by the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality’s (IMM) subsidiary company Sports Inc., the marathon was run by thousands of athletes with the motto “Istanbul is yours, go for it!”

Istanbul Mayor Ekrem İmamoğlu, Governor of Istanbul Ali Yerlikaya, and Youth and Sports Minister Mehmet Muharrem Kasapoğlu gave the start signal for the world's only intercontinental marathon at 9 AM local time.

A total of 140,000 people from 106 countries -including 58 elite athletes- took part in the marathon. The race started from Istanbul's Asian side and ended in the European part of the city. The motto of the 2019 marathon is "Istanbul is yours. Don’t stop, run!"

Mayor İmamoğlu ran marathon with his wife Dilek İmamoğlu and his son Semih İmamoğlu.

At the marathon, the Mayor responded to reporters’ questions about the removal of IMM’s authority over the areas surrounding the Bosphorus Strait. “The authority of the Bosphorus and its surroundings is fully owned by the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality. Period,” the Mayor said.

Izmir Mayor Tunç Soyer, Republican People’s Party (CHP) Deputy Chairman Veli Ağbaba, and CHP Group Vice President Özgür Özel were among those who participated in the race, as well as renowned figures from business and arts circles.

Kenyan athlete Daniel Kipkore Kibet won the men's title, breaking the 42-kilometer (26-mile) track record. Ethiopian athlete Hirut Tibebu bagged the women's title in the run.

Kibet finished the transcontinental race in 2:9:44. Ethiopian athlete Yitayal Atnafu Zerihun came second at 2:9:57 and Kenyan Peter Kwemoi Ndorobo third at 2:10:9.

Tibebu won the women's title finishing at 2:23:40 with Ethiopian athlete Tigist Abayechew trailing at 2:24:15. Kenyan Maurine Chepkemoi came third at 2:24:16.

Turkish athletes Polat Kemboi Arıkan came sixth with 2:12:57 in the men’s title and Büşra Nur Koku came eighth in the women’s title.

The sports event has three categories -- 42.2-kilometer (26.2-mile) marathon, 15-km run (9.3-mi), 8-km (4.9-mi) FunRun as well as a wheelchair competition.

The Istanbul Marathon has been in the Gold Label Road Races list of the international governing body for athletics, the IAAF since 2012.

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