December 8th, 2017
Countdown To Liberation Run
Gaziantep Metropolitan Municipality Liberation Day Run will be held on 17 December. Online registration is available for the 10km race.
Elite athletes and the public runners will gather on Sunday, 17 December, to celebrate the 96th year of the liberation of Gaziantep. The event includes a 10km race where the winner will collect 5,000 Turkish Liras as well as a fun run and walk. Only Turkish nationals are eligible for cash prizes in Gaziantep but the foreign athletes will be presented medals and trophies. Masters will be classified and awarded separately in the 10km race.
Entries for the Liberation Day Run are processed at www.gaziantep.com.tr. The registration form also enables multiple entries.
Timing services at the Gaziantep Metropolitan Municipality Liberation Day will be provided by Depar Timing.
December 6th, 2017
Tarsus Half Is Back
After a 2-year break that upsetted the road runners, Tarsus Half Marathon reappears on the calendar. 25 March 2018 is the day for the exciting comeback.
Staged between 2004 and 2015, International Tarsus Half Marathon had gained a seat among the road races in Turkey with its high quality. Thanks to the Municipality of Tarsus, the event will resume in 2018. Along with the half marathon, there is also a fun run on the programme on Sunday, 25 March.
The race had another interruption in 2009, however, it welcomed many outstanding international athletes during the 11 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 bronze medal at the 2012 London Olympic Games, then broke the world record by 2:03:23 in Berlin the following year. Atsede Baysa of Ethiopia owns the women’s record with 1:09:37, a time she achieved three weeks before she went on to take the ninth place in 2012 London Marathon.
Entries for the 12th International Tarsus Half Marathon will open within the next few weeks.
November 19th, 2017
IAAF Label On Target In Mersin
International Mersin Marathon aims at the IAAF Bronze Label for next year. The event will be held on Sunday, 3 December.
Having been granted “5 stars”, the highest rank awarded for road races by European Athletics, shortly after its first edition in 2015, Mersin Marathon is running for the IAAF Label in its third year. On 3 December, the organisers will host an IAAF Technical Delegate who will evaluate the race. In case the event meets the various IAAF criteria from timing services to medical measures, it will be staged under the IAAF Bronze Label in 2018.
3rd International Mersin Marathon incorporates a 15km race and 5km public run as well. Entries are processed via the official website of the event at www.mersinmaraton.org. Timing services in Mersin will once again be provided by Depar Timing.
October 29th, 2017
Women In Majority at Caretta Run’s 5Km
172 female runners finished the 5km race at the Caretta Run whereas the male finishers were 94, a ratio that has never been recorded in Turkey before.
The event in Dalyan welcomed 5km, 14km and half marathon runners. Muğla’s unspoilt and picturesque town attracted nearly 300 participants in the 5km race. The fact that 65 per cent of the finishers were women placed the race on top of the statistics regarding the gender ratio in mixed running events in Turkey. Men have a significant predominance in numbers in races where men and women participate together throughout the world.
It was not only the participation figures but also the performances of the women what was outstanding in the Caretta Run’s 5km. The 18-year old winner Peri Su özgen crossed the finish line in fourth place overall with a time of 22:28. Women’s runner up Gönül Babayiğit İrez, a former international athlete, was seventh overall in 23:28 following Özgen and five male competitors.
Caretta Run organisers offered some ancillary activities for the participants to enjoy their time in Dalyan. The awards ceremony at 18:00 on Saturday, 28 October was followed by an After Run Party that evening. At 09:00 on Sunday, the participants met in the Dalyan Republic Square and left for the “Morning Yoga Session” at Iztuzu Beach, worldwide known as the Turtle Beach. The yoga session concludes this year’s Caretta Run programme.
October 24th, 2017
Republic Run in Kocaeli
Entries will remain open until 27 October for the 5th Kocaeli Metropolitan Municipality Republic Run. The event date is Sunday, 29 October.
A 10km race where the winners will pocket 8 thousand Turkish Liras, and a Public Run of 3km offering 1,000 Liras to first place are to be staged in Sekapark starting from 13:30 on Sunday. A “Kids Marathon” at a distance of 1km is also included in the program.
Those who wish to register with the Republic Run need to visit kocaeli.bel.tr, the official website of the Kocaeli Metropolitan Municipality. Timing services in the race will be provided by Depar Timing.