October 13th, 2023

15th Year in Tarsus

The 15th edition of the International Tarsus Half Marathon will be held on 22 October. The deadline for registration is soon.

Inaugurated in 2004, International Tarsus Half Marathon had gained a seat among the road races in Turkey with its high quality despite the interruption in the years 2016, 2017, 2019 and 2020. Thanks to its fast course, the race attracted many outstanding international athletes during the 14 years it was held. Men’s course record of 1:02:05 dates back to 2007, set by Kenyan Wilson Kipsang Kiprotich who won the marathon bronze medal at the 2012 London Olympic Games, then went on to break the world record by 2:03:23 in Berlin the following year. Women’s course record was broken by Pauline Esikon of Kenya in 1:08:17 in 2021.

Mersin Metropolitan Municipality, the organiser of the event, increased the winners’ awards to 50 thousand Turkish Lira this year. Master athletes who make the podium will also pocket cash prizes starting from 7,500 Lira. The event includes a fun run over a distance of 5km as well.

Registration with the race is possible at http://www.mbbspor.org until 16 October. Race timing in Tarsus will be provided by Depar Timing.