The world’s only cross-con­ti­nen­tal marathon will be held Sun­day with the motto, ‘Run Is­tan­bul for a Healthy Fu­ture.’ A record num­ber of run­ners are ex­pected to par­tic­i­pate in this year’s event

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THE WORLD’S only cross-con­ti­nen­tal marathon, the Voda­fone Is­tan­bul Marathon, will take place for the 40th time this Sun­day. With the slo­gan “Run Is­tan­bul for a Healthy Fu­ture,” 30,000 pro­fes­sional run­ners from 100 coun­tries and sev­eral times as many lo­cals will run from the Ana­to­lian side across the Bosporus Strait over the July 15 Mar­tyrs’ Bridge to reach the fin­ish line at the his­tor­i­cal Sul­tanah­met Square.

THOU­SANDS of run­ners will throng Is­tan­bul on Sun­day to run the 40th Is­tan­bul Marathon, the world’s only cross-con­ti­nen­tal race.

The slo­gan this year is: “Run Is­tan­bul for a Healthy Fu­ture.” A record num­ber of run­ners are ex­pected to par­tic­i­pate in the world’s only transcon­ti­nen­tal marathon.

“A record num­ber of run­ners are ex­pected in the 40th Voda­fone Is­tan­bul Marathon on Nov. 11,” Voda­fone Turkey Deputy CEO Hasan Suel told Anadolu Agency (AA).

“We are see­ing a great deal of in­ter­est in the marathon com­pared to last year. The Is­tan­bul Marathon has at­tracted a great deal of at­ten­tion from for­eign and Turkish run­ners,” he said.

“[This is] the only marathon in the world where the run­ners cross two con­ti­nents. This marathon also gives the par­tic­i­pants a chance to see the city,” he said.

The marathon will start on the Asian side of Is­tan­bul’s July 15 Mar­tyrs’ Bridge, for­merly known as the Bosporus Bridge. The fin­ish line is lo­cated at the his­toric Sul­tanah­met Square on the city’s Eu­ro­pean side.

Re­call­ing this year’s motto “Run Is­tan­bul for a Healthy Fu­ture,” Suel said that “run­ning is be­com­ing very pop­u­lar in Turkey.”

Around 30,000 pro­fes­sional run­ners, in­clud­ing 3,500 for­eign­ers from more than 100 coun­tries, will take part in the 40th Voda­fone Is­tan­bul Marathon.

The event fea­tures a 42-kilo­me­ter marathon, and three other races on 15-kilo­me­ter, 10-kilo­me­ter and 8-kilo­me­ter cour­ses. It will also fea­ture a race for wheel­chair users.

Voda­fone is the main spon­sor of the race, or­ga­nized by the Is­tan­bul Met­ro­pol­i­tan Mu­nic­i­pal­ity and Spor Is­tan­bul.

Last year, Kenyan ath­letes dom­i­nated the marathon. In the women’s cat­e­gory, Kenyan Ruth Chep­ngetich came first, while French ath­lete of Kenyan ori­gin Abra­ham Kipro­tich was the best male run­ner.

The Bosporus Bridge saw its first cross- con­ti­nen­tal marathon back in 1979. Over the years, it has be­come one of Turkey’s most pop­u­lar sports events.

The first Eura­sia Marathon was won by Hasan Say­lan, a Turkish ath­lete from Zongul­dak, with a time of 2 hours and 35.39 min­utes.

The course of the marathon has changed three times over the years; there­fore the win­ning times vary be­tween dif­fer­ent pe­ri­ods.

Well-known ath­letes, like Ian Thomp­son and Terry Mitchell, have par­tic­i­pated in the Eura­sia Marathon, which also be­came a test­ing ground for Turkish ath­letes, many of whom went on to run in in­ter­na­tional races.

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