28 July Tuesday

Vodafone 15th Istanbul Semi-Marathon to be Be Run With Pandemic Precautions

The Vodafone Istanbul Semi-Marathon, considered one of the best 10 half marathons in the world, will be held for the 15th time this year under pandemic measures on Sunday, September 20, 2020.

The event had been postponed from April 5 to September 20, 2020. The Istanbul Half Marathon is an annual road running event over the half marathon distance 21 km (13,05 miles) that takes place in April on the streets of Istanbul.

About  2,500 athletes are expected to compete in the race, which is organized by the telecoms operator and Spor Istanbul Inc., an affiliate company of the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality. Athletes will compete according to the criterias listed in the “Coronavirus Event-Planning Guide,” published by the World Health Organization (WHO).

Vodafone Istanbul Semi-Marathon will not run the 10K race in 2020 as a precaution due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

This private track, which has no altitude difference and a unique view, allows athletes to develop their own degrees, while becoming the most important step in pre-marathon preparations in November.

The semi-marathon course starting from Yenikapı continues from Kumkapı, Sarayburnu, Sirkeci direction and continues towards Eminönü, Unkapanı, Fener, Balat, Ayvansaray and Feshane direction, and returns to the opposite direction from Eyüp intersection and ends at the starting point of Yenikapı.

The annual road running event has an International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Gold Label status. It was first organized in 1987.

For more information, please visit www.istanbulyarimaratonu.com

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