July 18th, 2019
Time To Swim Between Continents
Swimmers are set again to stroke from Asia to Europe at the Samsung Bosphorus Cross-Continental Swimming Race on 21st of July.
Being annually staged by the Turkish Olympic Committee since 1989, the 31st edition of the race gathers 2400 swimmers from 59 countries this year. The participants will enter the water in Kanlıca on the Asian side of Istanbul on Sunday morning and attempt to crossing to the European side where the finish area is located in Kuruçeşme Cemil Topuzlu Park. This year’s event will host Marcos Diaz, the Dominican ultra-distance swimmer, the first person who has united all five continents of the world by swimming. Diaz will make a special appearance at the Show Swim on Saturday, 20 July.
Depar Timing will provide the timing services for the 6.5km event as well as transmitting the results to the LED screens. Depar Timing’s system will produce a certificate for each finisher immediately with the time of the swimmer.
July 15th, 2019
Mersin Promotes to Silver
Following the successful edition with the IAAF Bronze Label last year, Mersin Marathon is now declared a Silver Label Road Race.
Having improved its organisational quality each year since its inaugural race in 2015, Mersin Marathon met the various IAAF criteria from timing services to medical measures in 2017, and the 4th International Mersin Marathon was held as an IAAF Bronze Label race on 16 December 2018. Based on the positive report of the appointed Technical Delegate, the IAAF promoted the event to Silver this year.
International Mersin Marathon is the third IAAF Road Race Label event in Turkey after the two Gold Label races, Istanbul Marathon and Istanbul Half Marathon. The organiser of the event is Mersin Metropolitan Municipality. Timing services in Mersin are provided by Depar Timing since its inauguration. The race is scheduled to Sunday, 15 December this year.
July 15th, 2019
Toyota Family Meets At Ekiden
Toyota Motor Manufacturing Turkey celebrated the 17th edition of the traditional Ekiden Cup at the company premises in Sakarya.
The relay competition, open to Toyota staff, employees of its subsidiary industry partners, and their families, is staged on the 950-meter running course at the Sakarya Facilities of the company. Timing services for the event where 135 teams competed is once again provided by Depar Timing.
The word ekiden comes from the combination of the Japanese characters for “station” and “transmit”. Team members pass the “tasuki”, which is the sash that each runner wears over one shoulder and under the other arm, to each other at a transition zone. Although ekiden races are not very popular outside of Japan, Toyota carries on the tradition in Turkey since 2003.
May 4th, 2019
Race Number 400
Timing team at the swimming event in Marmaris on 4 May marked a milestone for Depar Timing. The company hit the 400-race mark.
Founded as the electronic timing department of Depar Trading, consultant and high quality equipment provider in a wide range of sports since 1987, Depar Timing carried out the very first transponder timing in Turkey at the Eurasia Marathon in November 2006. Depar Timing shortly became a reliable partner for the organisers, and timed various running, swimming, cycling, triathlon, Ironman and classic car races both in Turkey and abroad ever since. The number of the events that Depar Timing contributed to the success have reached 400 at the International Aquamasters Open Water Swimming Half Marathon on Saturday, 4th of May 2019.
Depar Timing will be providing timing and side services in numerous national and international races in the rest of this year.
May 1st, 2019
A Race With No Finish Line
Wings For Life World Run, providing funds for spinal cord research, will be held in 12 countries including İzmir/Turkey on 5 May.The event with the motto “Run For Those Who Can’t” is organized by the non-profit Wings For Life Foundation, and the full revenue raised by the registration fees is transferred to scientific spinal cord researches. While the race starts simultaneously in 12 countries, it is also possible to participate virtually by a smart phone application developed for the purpose. Detailed information can be reached at www.wingsforlifeworldrun.com.
Wings For Life World Run has no finish line. In each of the cities the event is held, the competitors who are caught by a car are considered to have finished the race. The Catcher Car gives the runners a 30-minute head start, then takes off. The last runner to be caught by the Catcher Car in İzmir becomes the Turkish winner, the last participant remaining in all cities is crowned the world champion. Last year, the global winner was Aron Anderson of Sweden who covered 89,85 kilometres in Sunrise, Florida before he was caught by the car. Murat Kaya with 62,01 kilometres was the winner in İzmir.
Timing services of Wings For Life World Run in İzmir is provided by Depar Timing in cooperation with the German company Datacapo.