• May 22th, 2021

    Return To Open Waters

    After a year of interruption, International Arena Aquamasters Swimming Championships will be back to Marmaris on May the 28th.

    The event that could not be held in 2020 due to the pandemic is gathering the swimmers of all ages in Marmaris for its twelfth edition. The races will kick off with the Peugeot Open Water Swimming Championship at a distance of 3008m and the Martı Hotels Open Water Swimming Championship over 6km in the morning. The afternoon programme includes shorter races, the Setur Marinas Open Water Swimming Championship of 1km and the Peugeot Open Water Swimming Championship of 2008m. The daylong activities will conclude by the night swimming event, Işık Üniversitesi Journey of Light.

    International Arena Aquamasters Swimming Championships introduce also a new performance category this year. The swimmers participating in Marmaris as well as the subsequent stages in Göcek and Bodrum will score and be eligible for special prizes in the Turquoise Swimming Series.

    Timing services at the 12th International Arena Aquamasters Swimming Championships will be provided by Depar Timing. Detailed information on the event is accessible on the website at

  • March 23th, 2021

    İzmir Seeking Bronze

    Marathon İzmir will stage its second edition on 11 April. The race will be under inspection for World Athletics Bronze Label.

    Having been organised in October last year due to the pandemic, the first marathon of İzmir is getting prepared to host the road runners again on the second Sunday of April, that is intended to be the traditional date. İzmir Metropolitan Municipality, the organiser of the event, applied to the World Athletics in an attempt to elevate the marathon to a prestigious status in the international calendar. A World Athletics Technical Delegate will be on site on 11 April to observe the event in respect of the WA Bronze Label. Should the race meet the various World Athletics criteria from timing services to medical measures, Marathon İzmir would be the fourth event in Turkey granted a WA Road Race Label after Istanbul Marathon, Istanbul Half Marathon and Mersin Marathon.

    Entries for the Marathon İzmir will be processed at until the 4th of April unless the quota is reached sooner. The registration for the side event 10km was closed earlier.

    Timing services in İzmir will be provided by Depar Timing this year. Depar Timing had contributed to İstanbul and Mersin marathons in obtaining their first World Athletics (then IAAF) Road Race Labels as the timing services provider.

    Due to the cancellation of several races in 2020 and the uncertainty with many events in 2021, World Athletics switched to “Label”, “Elite Label” and “Platinum Label” categories this year, but is expected to go back to the Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum classification from next year on.

  • January 4th, 2021

    Adana To Honour The Health Workers

    Depar Timing is set to kick off the year in Adana on 10 January. This year's half marathon is dedicated to health workers.

    Celebrating its eleventh edition, Adana Liberation Half Marathon is restricted only to Turkish citizens due to the pandemic. Top elite home runners are expected to take part in both men’s and women’s races, which offer 20 thousand Turkish Liras for the winners. There is also a prize purse for master age categories.

    African athletes have been dominating in Adana for the past eight editions. Men’s race record is held by Kenya’s Barselius Kipyego by 1:00:46, standing from 2016. Women’s record was set by his compatriot Diana Kipyokei in 2018 with a time of 1:08:42.

    Adana Metropolitan Municipality, the organiser of the event, announced that the 11th Adana Liberation Half Marathon will be held "in honour of the health workers who fight the pandemic by risking their own lives". The online registration to the event remains open until Friday, 8 January at Timing services in the race will be provided by Depar Timing.

  • January 2nd, 2021

    Top Five in 2020 Lists

    The lack of competition opportunities due to pandemic did not hamper the historical results in marathon and half marathon in 2020.

    Despite the cancellation of many road running events throughout the year, all-time lists were rewritten in the races that could be held. Valencia Marathon and Half Marathon in December saw the best ever depths in history. Thirty athletes finished the marathon inside 2:10 while four athletes ran faster the world record in the half marathon. Kibiwot Kandie clocked 57:32 to become the new world record holder. The world records of the women’s half marathon were also broken, by Ababel Yeshaneh for the mixed race with a time of 1:04:31 in Ras Al Khaimah in February, and by Peres Jepchirchir for the women-only race in 1:05:16 in Gdynia at the World Half Marathon Championships in October.

    Having had very few chances to race during the year, Turkish athletes still delivered some remarkable performances, including Yavuz Ağralı’s Olympic qualifier marathon time 2:10:41 and Aras Kaya’s first ever sub-61 minute in half marathon by 1:00:51.

    Top five athletes in the marathon and half marathon lists of 2020 are as follows;

    Men's marathon World list:
    2:03:00   Evans Chebet, Kenya (Valencia, 6 December)
    2:03:04   Lawrence Cherono, Kenya (Valencia, 6 December)
    2:03:16   Birhanu Legese, Ethiopia (Valencia, 6 December)
    2:03:30   Amos Kipruto, Kenya (Valencia, 6 December)
    2:04:12   Reuben Kiprop Kipyego, Kenya (Valencia, 6 December)

    Men's marathon Turkish list:
    2:08:50   Kaan Kigen Özbilen (Valencia, 6 December)
    2:10:41   Yavuz Ağralı (Seville, 23 February)
    2:12:59   Mestan Turhan (Valencia, 6 December)
    2:14:29   Ömer Alkanoğlu (Seville, 23 February)
    2:20:34   Üzeyir Söylemez (Istanbul, 8 November)

    Women's marathon World list:
    2:17:16   Peres Jepchirchir, Kenya (Valencia, 6 December)
    2:17:45   Lonah Chemtai Salpeter, Israel (Tokyo, 1 March)
    2:18:35   Birhane Dibaba, Ethiopia (Tokyo, 1 March)
    2:18:40   Joyciline Jepkosgei, Kenya (Valencia, 1 March)
    2:18:58   Brigid Kosgei, Kenya (London, 4 October)

    Women's marathon Turkish list:
    2:41:11   Tubay Erdal (Istanbul, 8 November)
    2:43:06   Elif Dağdelen (Seville, 23 February)
    2:47:52   Meryem Kılınç Gündoğdu (Istanbul, 8 November)
    2:48:37*  Yasemin Can Arslan (Izmir, 4 October)
    2:58:35*  Dilan Atak (Izmir, 4 October)
    * Timing possibly not accurate, manual times read about three minutes faster.

    Men's half marathon World list:
    57:32    Kibiwott Kandie, Kenya (Valencia, 6 December)
    57:37    Jacob Kiplimo, Uganda (Valencia, 6 December)
    57:49    Rhonex Kipruto, Kenya (Valencia, 6 December)
    57:59    Alexander Mutiso, Kenya (Valencia, 6 December)
    58:11    Philemon Kiplimo, Kenya (Valencia, 6 December)

    Men's half marathon Turkish list:
    1:00:51   Aras Kaya (Gdynia, 17 October)
    1:02:45+ Kaan Kigen Özbilen, (Valencia, 6 December)
    1:03:10   Polat Kemboi Arıkan (Gdynia, 17 October)
    1:03:16   Sezgin Ataç (Istanbul, 20 September)
    1:03:34   Saffet Elkatmış (Gdynia, 17 October)
    + Intermediate time in marathon

    Women's half marathon World list:
    1:04:31   Ababel Yeshaneh, Ethiopia (Ras Al Khaimah, 21 February)
    1:04:46   Yalemzerf Yehualaw, Ethiopia (New Delhi, 29 November)
    1:04:49   Brigid Kosgei, Kenya (Ras Al Khaimah, 21 February)
    1:05:06   Ruth Chepngetich, Kenya (New Delhi, 29 November)
    1:05:16   Peres Jepchirchir, Kenya (Gdynia, 17 October)

    Women's half marathon Turkish list:
    1:06:20   Yasemin Can (Gdynia, 17 October)
    1:12:22   Esma Aydemir (Gdynia, 17 October)
    1:12:57   Fatma Demir (Gdynia, 17 October)
    1:13:00   Sevilay Eytemiş (Trabzon, 23 February)
    1:13:30   Fadime Çelik (Trabzon, 23 February)

  • December 31th, 2020

    Best New Year Wishes From Depar Timing

    May you have a good start to the year 2021, live the life at your targeted pace, and finish the year as strong as you can.