At the beginning, the main intention was simply to organise a marathon event. Being a unique city in terms of history and geography, Istanbul deserved a unique marathon. Despite the financial and logistical problems, an initial project was set up for the Eurasia Marathon.
In 1978, the officials were informed that a group of German tourists would visit Istanbul the next year, who run marathons in the countries they visited, the Nile Marathon in Egypt being the most recent race they participated. It was then decided to realise the Eurasia Marathon project.
Having solved the problems with the course and the traffic, the organisers invited the elite Turkish athletes to the event as well. Finally, all preparations were completed and the marathoners whom 34 of them were from the 74-person tourist group gathered at the starting point, 700 meters behind the Bosphorous Bridge on that historical day.
Thus, the Bosphorous Bridge witnessed a marathon for the first time in its history, which the runners crossed from Asia to Europe. That was the beginning of an important event. The first Eurasia Marathon was won by Hasan Saylan, a Turkish athlete from the city of Zonguldak, in a time of 2:35:39.
Being organized for 30 years, one of the most important features of the Eurasia Marathon is that it aims friendship and peace since day one. The race course changed three times over the years, therefore winning times vary in those periods. Well known athletes such as Ian Thompson and Terry Mitchell participated in the Eurasia Marathon, which also became a testing ground for Turkish athletes, many of whom went on to run at international races.
|2nd Male||2:10:23||Robert Kipkemboi||Ken|
|3rd Male||2:10:25||Solomon Mutai||Ug|
|4th Male||2:10:28||Moses Kimei||Ken|
|2nd Female||2:24:21||Jackline Chepngeno||Ken|
|3rd Female||2:24:45||Ayanthu Abdi||Eth|
|4th Female||2:27:21||Judith Cherono||KEN|
|M 40-49||2:10:59||BENARD SANG||KEN|
|M 50-59||2:41:21||VASİLY KRİVOSHEEV||RUS|
|M 60-69||3:06:45||NECDET KÖKÇÜ||TUR|
|M 70+||4:53:26||VLADIMIR SAMIC||SLO|
|F 40-49||3:21:27||MARCELA BOTERO||COL|
|F 50-59||3:19:14||SVETLANA ŞEPELİOVA||MDA|
|F 60-69||4:12:02||AZEL SEİTOVA||KAZ|
|F 70+||4:45:10||AYSEL YILDIZ||TUR|
The Marathon race starts 250m behind the 15 July Martyrs Bridge, race course divides in Besiktas turnoff after passing bridge, after this goes down from Barbaros Boulevard to Besiktas and follows the coastal road it reaches Karakoy.
Runners turn onto Sirkeci, after the Galata Bridge and goes to Atakoy. The race returns from Atakoy Air Force Academy and continues from coast to Gulhane Park and goes through the park towards to the Blue Mosque. Hippodrome, which was the meeting and sporting centres of Romans, Byzantium and Ottoman Empire, is finish point. The finish line is between entrance gate of Blue Mosque and Egypt Obelisk.