39th Istanbul Marathon will be held under the name sponsorship of Vodafone by Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality and Sports Istanbul. The theme of the organisation will be “We are running for the future of our children“.
About 30 thousand athletes are expected to take part in the marathon where Vodafone will give its name for the 6th time this year. Marathon will connect the continents via the “July 15th Martyrs Bridge“. In addition, thousands of people will hit off a memorable festival walk from Asia to Europe.
Festivities in Vodafone Park
As it was last year, Vodafone will organize special events for the participants by creating special activity areas in the marathon course this year. In addition, all sides of Istanbul will be equipped with “Vodafone red”. Fun run will end at Vodafone Park for the first time. The marathon attendants will have a good time with surprises throughout the day in the festivities in Vodafone Park.
30 Thousand Participation Targeted
Vodafone Istanbul Marathon is the first ever race to be held every year since 1979. It comprises of four main categories: marathon (42,195 km), 15 km run, 10 km run and fun run. In 2012, the Marathon was deemed worthy of the title of “Golden Category” by the International Federation of Athletics Federations (IAAF). It is expected that 30 thousand athletes will take part in this year’s marathon which is one of the top 11 in Europe, one of the world’s 22 best marathons. The number of runners participating in the marathon has increased about four times since 2011 after Vodafone’s sponsorship.
Late Registration Available In Marathon Fair
There is another opportunity for those who have not registered online until September 30th. Late registration will be available at the Marathon Fair (9-11 November at the Eurasia Performing Arts Center). During the Marathon Fair, participants will have racing packages consisting of a chest number, a timing chip, a race t-shirt and a bag.
The most up-to-date information about the Vodafone 39th Istanbul Marathon is available at the official website.