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.