The Istanbul Marathon is one of the fastest marathons in the world. In 2021 Ruth Chepngetich of Kenya set a new Women's World Half Marathon Record at 1:04:02. This is a perfect event for your new PB.
The Istanbul Half Marathon was first organised in 1987. After several breaks, it was finally brought back to life in 2015 when the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality and the new sponsor organised the race again. Since then, the N Kolay Istanbul Half Marathon is a popular destination on the map of the most popular half marathons in Europe.
The course of this race runs almost entirely on the coast of Sea of Marmara on the European side of Istanbul. The start and finish lines of Istanbul Half Marathon are located on the coast of Golden Horn in Balat. It is a fast, mostly flat IAAF Gold Label race that takes part annually in April. This guarantees perfect weather and a chance for a personal best or an easy start to the season after a long winter.
Istanbul has a lot to offer to tourists. Apart from great weather, especially for those recovering from a long and cold winter, it has a very exciting and colorful culture and rich history.
Make sure you plan your Istanbul Half Marathon trip to include a few days before or after the race for sightseeing and enjoying the city.
A few important things to do may include visiting the 8th wonder of the world - Hagia Sophia (Church of the Holy Wisdom), participating in the iconic Swirling Dervishes Show or going to the Grand Bazaar (Kapali Carsi) in Beyazit.
It is perfect for 21K run. This race course, which has no altitude difference, offers athletes a unique opportunity to achieve their best. However, this is not the only feature that makes this race unique: runners can enjoy stunning views of the Marmara Sea and the Bosphorus strait on one side, and numerous historical landmarks on the other.
Start address: Aksaray Mahallesi, Yenikapı İstasyonu, 34096 Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey
Finish address: Aksaray Mahallesi, Yenikapı İstasyonu, 34096 Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey
This city has something to offer for everyone!