Istanbul is an exotic city of 13 million people. The old city is surrounded by mosques and castles and is divided by the Golden Horn, an inlet of the Bosporus. The city is serviced by an efficient tram line and a great way to see all the sights is by the tried and true Red Bus tour. The magnificent Blue Mosque sits above a city that is never ending in its options. Try a ferry up the Bosporus, walk through the Spice Markets, dawdle in the Grand Bazaar (avoiding the many purveyors of fine Persian rugs), catch a local bus and simply enjoy this cosmopolitan city.
With a unique location, between the Balkans and Anatolia, the Black Sea and the Mediterranean, Istanbul embraces both western and eastern cultures.
The course is asphalt, mostly flat and will be traffic free. It is the only course in the world where you can run from one continent to another. All events start on the Asian side of Istanbul, and ends on the European side on route passing the most beautiful sights of the city.The race start is 250m from the Bosphorus Bridge. The finish line is in front of the Sultanahmet Mosque in Sutanahmet Square,
9:00am Marathon and 15km
9:30am 8km Fun Run
5hrs 30min - after this time, participants who are still on the course will be asked to continue running on the sidewalks. The course will be opened on a staggered schedule:
You must be 18 years of age or older on race day.
All entrants must collect their race packs at the Marathon Expo. The race pack includes the bib number, the timing chip and the marathon t-shirt.
The Istanbul Marathon Expo will take place from THU-SAT. All race packs are to be collected from the expo.
10:30am - 19:30pm each day
Aslı Çakır Alptekin Sports Hall
Ataköy Boulevard 34158 Ataköy/Bakırköy/İSTANBUL Click here for the location.
500m from Sirinevler (Atakoy) Metro Station (3rd station from Atatürk Airport by Metro)
500m to Sirinevler (Atakoy) Metrobus Station (It's possible to go by Metrobus from Anatolian Side, "Sögütlücesme to Sirinevler")
71T Taksim-Atakoy by IETT Bus
All marathon finishers will receive a commemorative medal at the finish line.
There is no separate pasta party. Pasta will be served as well as some other traditional Turkish food at the Expo at all times from THU-SAT.
The start area distance is 250m to the Bosphorus Bridgs. The Race will be finished in front of the Sultanahmet Mosque in Sultanahmet Square.
Free transportation to the start area will be provided for the participants on the race day from Taksim, the city centre and from Sultanahmet. The buses will leave from 07.00 onwards, the last bus leaving at 07.30.
Marathon luggage buses will be located 50m in front of the start area. Runners should leave their bags in the respective buses. All luggage buses will be leave at 08.30. The luggage buses will be ready at the finish area once you have completed the marathon..
Personal belongings may be left in the buses that will take the participants to the start area. Do not leave any valuables. The Organization Committee does not accept responsibility for any lost or misplaced items items.
Drinking/sponging and refreshment stations are provided every 2.5km after 5kms.
12-13 degrees Celcius at the start 16-17 degrees Celcius at the finish.
30 ambulances will be available throughout the course and a Tent Hospital will be located at the finish.
Just a 5 minute walk from Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace, this boutique hotel offers modern accommodation with free wireless internet access. It has a rooftop terrace and offers a buffet breakfast. In the heart of Sultanahmet. Agora Life Hotel offers an ideal location for guests who want easy access to Istanbul's most historic sites.
Tthe rooms are tastefully decorated and have contemporary wooden floors. They come equipped with LCD TV and laptop-size safes, and include a private bathroom with a bathrobe and slippers. Thoughtful touches also include a fruit basket and a daily bottle of mineral water. Rooms available with one queen or two single beds.
One city, two continents, enjoy some Turkish Delight with our 4nt Marathon Weekend offer. If you would like to extend your trip, contact us as we have some great options to add to your Turkey experience.
Fabulous Special at the Agora Life Hotel 4 star: from $380 per person, twin share and $580 single. The feedback on this hotel has been exceptional - runners love the location and the quality of the hotel. It ticks all the boxes!
RunFun Travel is a fully licensed travel agent and can assist you with:
Please contact us for an obligation free quote that will enhance your trip as we make sure you run the time of your life!
A non-refundable deposit of $350 is required to secure your Istanbul Marathon travel, entry and accommodation package.
Should the above not suite, RunFun Travel will tailor a travel package to suit your needs and budget. We can assist with your flights, accommodation, marathon entry and ongoing travel throughout Turkey and Europe.