02 April Friday

Record Holding Athletes to Compete in Istanbul

N Kolay 16th Istanbul Half Marathon, organized by Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality (IMM) is to be held on Sunday, March 4th. The race, joined by star athletes, is to have record holders complete with each other.

N Kolay Istanbul Half Marathon, organized by SPOR İSTANBUL of which IMM is a partner, is to start on April 4th. The race, which has been catagorized by World Athletics as Elite Label, is the only European half marathon scheduled for spring. The event, organized to be in the awe-inspiring surroundings of the historical peninsula, has only four thousand athletes registered due to the current pandemic. The roads on the race course are to be closed to vehicle traffic between 5 am and 2:50 pm

Onur: On April 4th, The Race Course is to be Safe

SPOR İSTANBUL Inc., which has been organizing international races with superlative hygienic standards during the pandemic, is to produce again an exemplary event. SPOR İSTANBUL Inc. General Manager İ. Renay Onur, who indicated that that they had prepared the race program with utmost care, stated “We took all precautions regarding the athletes’ health. The safest place in Istanbul will be the race course.”

Star Athletes to Compete with each other at the Historical Peninsula

N Kolay 16th Istanbul Half Marathon, with star athletes as participants, is to have Kenyan athlete Kibiwott Kandie, men’s half marathon world champion, and his fellow countryman Geoffrey Kamworor, who is the previous champion, competing with each other. Ethiopian Amdework Walelegn, who is the current Istanbul Half Marathon record holder, is also to be on the course. Women’s marathon world record holder Brigid Kosgei, women-only half marathon world record holder Peres Jepchirchir, and Istanbul Half Marathon and Istanbul Marathon women’s record holder Ruth Chepngetich are also to run in the historic peninsula on April 4th. All of them are of Kenya.

Live Broadcast

The athletes are to compete in the N Kolay Istanbul Half Marathon in 21K, 10K, and 21K roller skating categories. The race course, which starts at the bus terminal on Yenikapı Square, has also Galata Bridge this year. The athletes arriving at the bridge via Kennedy Avenue are to make a U-turn at the lights by its end and proceed to Fatih. With another U-turn before the Haliç Bridge, the course concludes at its starting point in Yenikapı. N Kolay 16th Istanbul Half Marathon is to be broadcast live on TRT Spor 2.

Race Schedule

Opening of event area: 7:00 am

10K entering area: 7:00 am

21K entering area: 8:00 am

10K warm up: 8:00 am

Roller skating start: 8:15 am

10K start: 8:20 am - 9:20 am

21K warm up: 9:30 am

21K start: 10:00 am - 10:40 am

10K finish: 10:50 am

10K event area closed: 11:15 am

21K awards ceremony: 11:30 am - 12:00 pm

21K finish: 2:10 pm

21K event area closed: 2:30 pm

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