Sunday September 20th, 2020
Distance: Marathon · Half Marathon · 10K
This event has been postponed from April 5 to September 20, 2020. The Organizing Committee decided to officially restrict the Istanbul Half Marathon for foreign participants due to current situation that the World is going through due to the spread of COVID-19, quarantine period and difficulty to travel between countries. The decision to this restriction was based on the health and sports authority of the country.
The Istanbul Half Marathon is an annual road running event over the half marathon distance (21.1 km) that takes place in April on the streets of Istanbul, Turkey. It is now a IAAF Gold Label event.
The Istanbul Half Marathon was first organized in 1987. After several breaks it was finally brought back to life in 2015 when the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality and the new sponsor organized the race again. Since then, the Vodafone Istanbul Half Marathon is a popular destination on the map of 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 a 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.
This city has something to offer for everyone!
About the course
Half Marathon 21K Route; The races starting from Yenikapi will continue from the beach to Kumkapi, the lights in front of the Sirkeci caravagin ferry pier and will return from the lights. The race will return from the coast road to Zeytinburnu veliefendi turnout and it will return from Ottomare Palace in front of 300 meters before departure and it will be at Yenikap Ride area where it started.
Seas and land have divided the lacework geography of Istanbul into four pieces. Old Istanbul City and Galata in the shores of Golden Horn and previously different village now united residential districts are located along the straits of Bosphorus. As the smallest sea of the world, inhabited places along the shores of Marmara Sea shows the magnitude that the city has reached. The Old City is spread over the seven hills of the triangular peninsular surrounding it with 22km of city walls. This is a historical settlement area called Byzantine, New or Second Roman Empire, Constantinople or Polis over the years. Marmara and Golden Horn city wall partially vanished over time; the actual landside city walls, however, have relatively survived till today.