December 1st, 2023
Mersin Is Back
Following a long hiatus since 2018 when it was last staged, International Mersin Marathon is set to reemerge on 10 December.
Within the short period of four years from 2015 to 2018, the International Mersin Marathon had been first granted the Bronze Label, then upgraded to Silver by the world’s governing body in athletics. The event, in an attempt to change its season, was postponed from December 2019 to March 2020, however, it could not be held due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The following two years, 2021 and 2022, were also subject to cancellations. Returning to the running stage with a World Athletics Elite Label on 10 December, the race is moved on a flatter and faster course. In its first four editions, the women’s fastest time in Mersin were achieved by Kenyan Truphena Chepchirchir with 2:28:47 in 2017, and by her compatriot Kenneth Kiplagat Limo on the men’s side by 2:10:12 in 2018.
5th International Mersin Marathon includes a 10km race and a Public Run over 5km on the day. Detailed information and registration system can be accessed at www.mbbspor.org. Timing services at the event will be provided by Depar Timing.
October 16th, 2023
Celebrating the Republic Day in Kocaeli Again
The City of Kocaeli will be once again celebrating the Republic Day with its traditional road run on Sunday, 29th of October.
Kocaeli Metropolitan Municipality, the organiser of the event, is set to welcome the runners in Sekapark on the day. The race over a 10.81km distance offers 30 thousand Turkish Liras for the winners. The event also includes a 3km with 6 thousand TL prize money.
The entry system of the 10th International Kocaeli Republic Run will remain open until Friday afternoon, 27th of October, at https://ebelediye.kocaeli.bel.tr/GenclikForm/CumhuriyetKosusu. Timing services in the race will be provided by Depar Timing.
October 13th, 2023
15th Year in Tarsus
The 15th edition of the International Tarsus Half Marathon will be held on 22 October. The deadline for registration is soon.
Inaugurated in 2004, International Tarsus Half Marathon had gained a seat among the road races in Turkey with its high quality despite the interruption in the years 2016, 2017, 2019 and 2020. Thanks to its fast course, the race attracted many outstanding international athletes during the 14 years it was held. Men’s course record of 1:02:05 dates back to 2007, set by Kenyan Wilson Kipsang Kiprotich who won the marathon bronze medal at the 2012 London Olympic Games, then went on to break the world record by 2:03:23 in Berlin the following year. Women’s course record was broken by Pauline Esikon of Kenya in 1:08:17 in 2021.
Mersin Metropolitan Municipality, the organiser of the event, increased the winners’ awards to 50 thousand Turkish Lira this year. Master athletes who make the podium will also pocket cash prizes starting from 7,500 Lira. The event includes a fun run over a distance of 5km as well.
Registration with the race is possible at http://www.mbbspor.org until 16 October. Race timing in Tarsus will be provided by Depar Timing.
September 17th, 2023
Istanbul Preparing For the Tour
Istanbul's first large-scale cycling event, Tour of Istanbul, will be held between Thursday, 28 September and Sunday, 1 October.
The event, included in the International Cycling Union’s calendar this year, consists of four stages. The Tour will start with the 176.7km Arnavutköy-Arnavutköy stage on 28 September and will be followed by the 134.9km Şile-Şile and the 132km Beykoz-Beykoz stages on 29 and 30 September respectively. In the last stage, that is to be an intercontinental ride on the 1st of October, the cyclists will start from Sultanahmet to pedal 92.9km to finish in Caddebostan.
Detailed information on the Tour of Istanbul, where 20 teams and 140 athletes from 14 countries are expected to participate, can be found at www.tourofistanbul.com.tr. Timing services for the event will be provided by Depar Timing.
September 10th, 2023
Another Record Measurement by Depar
Two women’s world road race records fell at the Trunsylvania 10km Race where the timing services were provided by Depar Timing.
The Brasov Running Festival, staged in the city of Brasov in Romania and consisted of ten different road races in the same weekend, is held on 9th and 10th of September this year. World Athletics Elite Label Trunsylvania 10km, the flagship event of the Festival, saw two incredible world records on Sunday. Agnes Ngetich of Kenya shattered the women-only 10km world record by 29:24, 37 seconds faster than the previous record 30:01 held by her compatriot Agnes Tirop. On her way to the victory, Ngetich bettered also the 5km women-only world record in a time of 14:25, beating the record of 14:29 set by Ethiopia’s Senbere Teferi two years ago. It was Weldon Langat winning the men’s 10km to make a double for Kenya in the most significant sporting event of the Transylvania region.
While all the races, including kids races on various distances, open races and the Romanian National 5km Championships, were timed by a multi-national team of Depar Timing, a European Road Mile was inaugurated on Saturday. Men’s Mile was won by Robin van Riel of the Netherlands in 4:05.5, and the Turkish European Indoor finalist Emine Hatun Mechaal Mechaal was victorious by 4:41.7 on the women’s side.
Having served numerous events in three continents and recorded several national, area and world records since 2006, Depar Timing has been a reliable partner to the Brasov Running Festival. Romanian organisers entrust Depar Timing with the timing services since the very first edition of the event.