June 1st, 2018
New Date in Edirne
Due to rescheduling of the nationwide university exams, Friendship Without Borders Half Marathon is postponed to 21 October.
Balkan Countries Friendship Association, the organizer of the event, was forced to change its original date of 1 July after the University Entrance Exams were moved to the same weekend as a result of the early Presidential and Parliamentary Elections in Turkey. Whilst the date is announced as 21 October 2018, a shorter race is included in the programme. The new race is intended to be 10km but the exact distance will only be decided during the official measurement of the course at the end of June.
The overall male and female winners of the Friendship Without Borders Half Marathon this year will pocket 2,000 Turkish Liras each. There is also prize money for the master athletes in a total of 18 age categories. Top three in each age group in the 10km are offered medals and trophies.
Registration for the event is processed via the website at www.friendshiphalfmarathon.org.
May 31th, 2018
150th Anniversary of Road Cycling Races
Road cycling races leave a century and a half behind. The first road race officially recorded was staged in France on 31 May 1868.
Road cycling, one of the most popular sports of today, has been organized for 150 years. The first official race on 31 May 1868 was held over a distance of 1200 metres between the fountains and the entrance gate of Parc de Saint-Cloud in Paris, and was won by James Moore, an 18-year old British expatriate in Paris. Moore was also victorious at the first city to city race that was run from Paris to Rouen a year later.
Road cycling has been part of the Olympic Games programme since its first edition in 1896.
May 30th, 2018
Busy Weekend in Croatia
Depar Timing will provide the timing services at a number of events comprising running, cycling and triathlon races in Croatia on 2-3 June.
Papuk Extreme Challenge, organized by several institutions and clubs led by Nikola Boric, former Head Coach of Turkish Athletic Federation, will be staged in the town of Orahovica, and will see various competitions including the Cross Triathlon Croatia Championships.
Participants of the Cross Triathlon will swim 500m, bike for 12km and run 3km in the “sprint” category alongside a “super sprint” category consisting of 250m swimming, 6km cycling and 1.5km running. A total of 20 age groups will be ranked in each race.
The event includes mountain bike races, also under two separate categories. The cyclists will compete in a race of 65km with a 1,500m uphill course as well as a 40km race with 800m uphill.
Depar Timing Team in Croatia will also deliver the results of the marathon, half marathon and 11km run to be held around the Orahovica Lake and the Papuk Nature Park.
Papuk Extreme Challenge will end with the trail races where also team classifications will be made. Primary schools will compete over 500m, secondary schools over 1km and high schools over 3km while senior athletes run a distance of 5km.
May 15th, 2018
Swimming Festival in Marmaris
Arena Aquamasters Swimming Championship will begin on 16 May. The 3-day short course races will be followed by open water meets.
The seventh edition of the event will first host the Profilo Short Course Swimming Championship from 16th to 18th of May. International Aquamasters Profilo Open Water Endurance Marathon over a distance of 5000m will follow on 19 May morning. The afternoon session of the same day will see the International Aquamasters Setur Marinas 4x500m Relay Meet. The event will conclude with the International Aquamasters Martı Hotels Open Water Swimming Championship, which will be staged on two different distances, 1500m and 3000m.
The open water meets at the 7th International Arena Aquamasters Swimming Championship will be timed by Depar Timing. Detailed information on the races can be reached at the official website of the event at www.aquamasters.org.
May 11th, 2018
Back to the Hittite Land
The fourth edition of the Hittite Run, an annual event organized by Çorum Municipality since 2015, will take place on 13 May.
4th International Hittite Run incorporates a 10km race as well as a public run over the distance of 3km, both offering cash prizes to the top finishers. Depar Timing will once again provide the timing services in Çorum, where a total of 29 age groups classification is made, and the results will be delivered to the organizers as soon as each race is over. Top three male and female participants in all age groups will also receive prize money in the two races. This year, the 10km will see an inter-clubs competition for the first time.
4th International Hittite Run will start from the city centre at 10:00 on 13 May. Further event-related information is available on the website at hititkosulari.org.