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Vodafone Istanbul Marathon

The Vodafone Istanbul Marathon spans the two great continents of Europe and Asia, making it a truly 'intercontinental' and unique event.

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

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.


  • Marathon
  • 15km
  • 10km
  • 8km Fun Run

Start Time

9:00am     Marathon and 15km
9:15am     15km
9:30am     10km
9:45am     8km Fun Run

Time Limit

6hrs for marathon runners. The course will be open to traffic at 3:00pm. After this time, participants who are still on the course will be asked to continue running on the sidewalks.

Age requirement

You must be 18 years of age or older on race day.

Race pack

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.

Marathon Expo

The Istanbul Marathon Expo will take place from THU-SAT. All race packs are to be collected from the expo.

10:00am - 19:00pm THU/FRI and closing 18:00pm SAT. 

Eurasia Show and Art Center (Yenikapi Meeting Area)
Avrasaya Gosteri ve Sanat Merkezi in Yenikapi

Finishers’ Medal

All marathon finishers will receive a commemorative medal at the finish line.

Starts and Finish Areas

The Istanbul Marathon, 15k and 10k start 250m behind the 15 July Martyrs Bridge.

The Marathon finishes in Sultanahmet; the 15k finishes in Yenikapi; and the 10k finishes in Eminonu. 

Transportation to Start Area

Free transportation to the start area will be provided for the participants on the race day. Buses depart between 7:00am and 7:30am race day from:

  • Taksim Square, in front of Divan Bakery
  • Sultanahmet Square, in front of Hagia Sophia

Personal Belongings

Marathon luggage buses will be located to the left side 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.

At the finish line runners may collect their bags from the luggage tents at Sultanahmet.

Aid Stations

Drinking/sponging and refreshment stations are provided every 2.5km after 5kms.

Weather Conditions

12-13 degrees Celcius at the start 16-17 degrees Celcius at the finish.

Medical Support

30 ambulances will be available throughout the course and a Tent Hospital will be located at the finish.

2019 Istanbul Marathon Itinerary 

Thursday 31 October

  • Arrive Istanbul, transfer to your hotel for check in
  • Free time to explore Istanbul

Friday 1 November

  • At leisure - talk to us about tours you can do from Istanbul: Full Day Sightseeing Tour, a cruise on the Boshporus, a Turkish Dinner, Food Tours, and many other options

Saturday 2 November

  • Marathon Expo and Race Pack Collection

Sunday 3 November

  • Marathon

Monday 4 November

  • Departure or continue your journey in Turkey!


Agora Life Hotel 4*

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.


  • Air conditioning
  • Bathrobe
  • Bathroom amenities
  • Cable/Satellite TV
  • Ensuite
  • Hairdryer
  • Heating
  • Iron/Ironing board
  • Kettle
  • Mini bar
  • Room service
  • Safe in room
  • Tea and coffee making facilities
  • 24 Hour Room Service
  • Airport
  • Bar Lounge
  • Business Centre
  • Concierge
  • Currency Exchange
  • Doctor on Call
  • High Speed Internet
  • Laundry Service
  • Wireless Internet


2019 Istanbul Marathon Weekend Packages

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 $720 per person, twin share and $1060 single. The feedback on this hotel has been exceptional - runners love the location and the quality of the hotel. It ticks all the boxes!


  • Guaranteed entry to the Istanbul Marathon
  • 4 night’s accommodation
  • Breakfast daily
  • Free wi-fi



  • Additional nights available on request
  • Istanbul City Tour 
  • Small Group Gallipoli Day Trip 
  • Small Group Walking Tour: Hagia Sofia, Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace and Grand Bazaar
  • Troy Day Trip
  • Istanbul by Night: Turkish Food Tour 
  • Please enquire regarding other options!


RunFun Travel is a fully licensed travel agent and can assist you with:

  • flights
  • travel insurance
  • airport transfers (where not included)
  • overseas car rental, driving routes, suggested stops along your way
  • ongoing transfers and travel plans

Please contact us for an obligation free quote that will enhance your trip as we make sure you run the time of your life!

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.


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