07 September Monday

Istanbul Half Marathon to be Run with Fewer Athletes

The Vodafone Istanbul Half Marathon will be held on September 20 with a limited number of athletes due to the measures to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.

A total of 2,500 athletes will be able to run in the Vodafone Istanbul Half Marathon this year.

Participants will have two options in the organization. They can either run a distance of 21 kilometers on the streets of Istanbul's historical peninsula or they can run alone on their own track in Turkey's first virtual half marathon.

The virtual half marathon will run on September 19 or 20, aiming to minimize the risk of infection by the novel coronavirus during the event.

Those who want to join in the virtual race will receive a special running code after signing in the website of istanbulyarimaratonu.com.

They will complete their registration after paying a fee for the category of the race, either 21 km or 10 km.

After the race, participants may send their data to Spor Istanbul Inc., an affiliate company of the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality (IMM), on its mobile application.

Last year, the marathon attracted some 37,000 runners from around the world.

Regarded as one of the best marathons in Europe, the race normally takes competitors through a route connecting the Asian and European continents, crossing a bridge over the Bosphorus.

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