Most participants of the eight-kilometer fun run passed crossed from Asia to Europe on the Bosphorus Bridge by walking. It is the most attractive part of the competition. However on the competitive side, 20,000 competed in the 10-kilometer, 15-kilometer event and the marathon.
- Thousands crossed the Bosphorus Bridge from Asia to Europe as part of the Istanbul Marathnon. Thousands crossed the Bosphorus Bridge from Asia to Europe as part of the Istanbul Marathnon.
The Istanbul Marathon is the world’s only intercontinental race. French Abraham Kiprotich took the first place in men's category in the marathon, 42 km 195 m long, which has started near Bosphorus Bridge, and ended in the historical Sultan Ahmed Square with a 2:12.30 time. Ethiopian Siraj Gena Amda was the runner up, and Ethiopian Deriba Merga Ejigu took the third place in the Marathon.
Kenyan Rebecca Kangogo Chesir took the first place in 35th Istanbul Marathon in women's category. Turkish athletes Elvan Abeylegesse and Sultan Haydar took the second and third places respectively in the women's category. Abeylegesse and Haydar are Ethiopian-born athletes, who are competing for Turkey. Abeylegesse is a two-time Olympic medalist, with her silver medals in the 5,000m and 10,000m races in the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.