• January 10th, 2019

    Swimming With Caretta Carettas

    Entries are open for the Dalyan Open Water Swimming Race. The event on 28 April will include a longer race for the first time this year.

    Dalyan, the worldwide known tourist destination in the Ortanca district of Muğla city on the south-west coast of Turkey, will once again host the popular swimming event of the spring season. The event, promoted as “Swimming with Caretta Carettas”, will see two separate races, both starting at the İztuzu Beach, an area where the Caretta Caretta sea turtles go ashore to lay their eggs. The participants of the 2.5km race will make a turn around Delikada, the island across the beach, and swim back to where they started. The 5km race will turn around the buoy beyond the island.

    Dalyan Open Water Swimming Race is staged in fourteen age categories from 14 to over 80. Pre-registration is open at, the official website of the event, prepared by the organizer Dalyan Iztuzu Tourism Promotion Association. Final entries will be processed if the registrant sends the required documents to the organizer by 10 April.

  • January 2nd, 2019

    Top Five in 2018 Rankings

    The year 2018 saw the world and Turkish records broken in both marathon and half marathon. Eliud Kipchoge will be the one to be remembered for years.

    The 34-year-old Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge improved the world record by 1 minute 18 seconds with an incredible performance at the Berlin Marathon in September. One month later, his compatriot Abraham Kiptum broke the world half marathon record in Valencia.

    On the Turkish side, it was Kaan Kigen Özbilen who starred in 2018 by his half marathon record in Istanbul in April, and the marathon record in Amsterdam in October.

    Top five in the 2018 lists are as follows;

    Men's marathon world rankings:
    2:01:39 Eliud Kipchoge, Kenya (Berlin, 16 September)
    2:04:00 Mosinet Geremew, Ethiopia (Dubai, 26 January)
    2:04:02 Leule Gebrselassie, Ethiopia (Dubai, 26 January)
    2:04:06 Tamirat Tola, Ethiopia (Dubai, 26 January)
    2:04:06 Asefa Mengstu, Ethiopia (Dubai, 26 January)
    2:04:06 Lawrence Cherono, Kenya (Amsterdam, 21 October)

    Men's marathon Turkish rankings:
    2:06:24  Kaan Kigen Özbilen (Amsterdam, 21 October)
    2:16:15  Mert Girmalegesse (Istanbul, 11 November)
    2:17:57  Muzaffer Bayram (Dusseldorf, 29 April)
    2:18:11  Üzeyir Söylemez (Dusseldorf, 29 April)
    2:18:46  Yavuz Ağralı (Berlin, 12 August)

    Women's marathon world rankings:
    2:18:11  Gladys Cherono, Kenya (Berlin, 16 September)
    2:18:31  Vivian Cheruiyot, Kenya (London, 22 April)
    2:18:34  Ruti Aga, Kenya (Berlin, 16 September)
    2:18:35  Brigid Kosgei, Kenya (Chicago, 7 October)
    2:18:35  Ruth Chepngetich, Kenya (Istanbul, 11 November)

    Women's marathon Turkish rankings:
    2:32:23  Elvan Abeylegesse (Istanbul, 11 November)
    2:36:21  Fadime Çelik (Dusseldorf, 29 April)
    2:38:45  Şeyma Yıldız (Dusseldorf, 29 April)
    2:39:45  Tubay Erdal (Dusseldorf, 29 April)
    2:39:58  Elif Dağdelen (Dusseldorf, 29 April)

    Men's half marathon world rankings:
    58:18  Abraham Kiptum, Kenya (Valenciya, 28 October)
    58:33  Jemal Yimer, Ethiopia (Valenciya, 28 October)
    58:42  Bedan Karoki, Kenya (Ras Al Khaimah, 9 February)
    58:42  Eric Kiptanui, Kenya (Berlin, 8 April)
    58:44  Abadi Hadis, Ethiopia(Valenciya, 28 October)

    Men's half marathon Turkish rankings:
    1:00:08  Kaan Kigen Özbilen (Istanbul, 8 April)
    1:01:03  Polat Kemboi Arıkan (Lisbon, 11 March)
    1:02:48  Aras Kaya (Istanbul, 8 April)
    1:05:13  Aykut Taşdemir (Trabzon, 18 February)
    1:05:13  Yusuf Alıcı (Trabzon, 18 February) 

    Women's half marathon world rankings:
    1:04:52  Fancy Chemutai, Kenya (Ras Al Khaimah, 9 February)
    1:04:55  Mary Keitany, Kenya (Ras Al Khaimah, 9 February)
    1:05:04  Joan Chelimo Melly, Kenya (Prague, 7 April)
    1:05:07  Caroline Kipkirui, Kenya (Ras Al Khaimah, 9 February)
    1:05:15  Sifan Hassan, Netherlands (Copenhag, 16 September)

    Women's half marathon Turkish rankings:
    1:12:27  Elvan Abeylegesse (Bucharest, 13 May)
    1:12:32  Büşra Nur Koku (Trabzon, 18 February)
    1:13:28  Şeyma Yıldız (Trabzon, 18 February)
    1:13:36  Esma Aydemir (Doha, 12 January)
    1:13:47  Ümmü Kiraz (Cologne, 7 October)

  • January 1st, 2019

    Best New Year Wishes From Depar Timing

    May you have a good start to 2019, live life at your own pace, and finish the year strong!

  • December 31th, 2018

    First Stop Adana in the New Year

    Depar Timing will open the year 2019 at the International Adana Half Marathon on 6 January. Entries are accepted until 4 January.


    Celebrating its ninth edition, International Adana Half Marathon incorporates the Turkish Half Marathon League this year. Where African athletes have been dominating for the past six editions, men’s race record is held by Kenya’s Barselius Kipyego with 1:00:46, standing from 2016, and the women’s record was set by his compatriot Diana Kipyokei last year with a time of 1:08:42.


    Timing services in Adana will be provided by Depar Timing. Registration to the event is possible until Friday, 4 January at

  • December 1st, 2018

    13 December, Deadline For Mersin

    Entries for the IAAF Bronze Label International Mersin Marathon will close on 13 December. The event will be held on 16 December.

    Having met the various IAAF criteria from timing services to medical measures last year, International Mersin Marathon was granted the IAAF Bronze Label for the 2018 edition. The event, staged by the Mersin Metropolitan Municipality, incorporates a 15km race and 5km public run as well. The marathon will also see the competition of the wheelchair racers. Mersin Marathon, offering 1000 Turkish Liras for the winners of each age group, is one of the highest paying events for the master athletes in Turkey.

    Entries for the 4th International Mersin Marathon are processed via the official website of the event at Timing services in Mersin will once again be provided by Depar Timing.