Istanbul Marathon: Running Across Two Continents [Exclusive Video]

Greek Runner Odysseas Chatzidimitriou
Greek Runner Odysseas Chatzidimitriou, 53, from Giannitsa, participating in 36th Istanbul Marathon. Photo Credit: Efi Pantazi

Some 25,000 people from 118 countries participated in the Istanbul Marathon — the only marathon course in the world that crosses two continents. The Marathon was completed earlier today with great success, among light rain.

The 42,195 race, crossing the Bosphorus bridge from the Asian to the European side of Istanbul, started at 9:00 a.m. with a time limit of 5 hours and 30 minutes, after which traffic re-opens and participants are asked to run on the sidewalks. An IAAF Gold Label event for the past three years, the Istanbul Marathon is amongst the top 10 Marathons in the world.

Hafid Chani won the men’s race finishing the course in 2 hours 11 minutes and 53 seconds, becoming the first athlete from Morocco to win the race, receiving a prize of $50,000. Ethiopian Gebo Burka crossed the finish line second in 2 hours 12 minutes and 23 seconds, receiving a prize of $25,000, while Michael Kiprop from Kenya followed with a time of 2 hours 12 minutes and 39 seconds, receiving $15,000.

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Ethiopian Amane Gobena was the winner in the women’s race, finishing in 2 hours, 28 minutes and 46 seconds, followed by compatriot Salomie Getnet and Ukranian Olena Burkovska in 2 hours 30 minutes and 36 seconds and 2 hours 31 minutes and 30 seconds respectively.

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The event began 300 meters before the Bosphorus bridge on the Asian side and Istanbul Mayor Kadir Topbas together with the Turkish Sports and Youth Minister Akif Kılıc were there to support the event. “Today, people will run for the love of Istanbul. Istanbul is a beautiful city between two continents. We will experience this beauty together,” Topbas said, before giving the signal to start the race.
Apart from the 42-kilometer route, participants also run 10 and 15-kilometer courses.

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