Tens of thousands of people; Istanbulites, athletes, tourists attended the 36th Istanbul Vodafone marathon, on Sunday in a festive atmosphere.
The world's one and only intercontinental marathon ran and walked on Sunday morning. Participants crossed the Bosphorus Strait from the Asian to the European side.
Nearly 25,000 athletes, including Olympic medal-winners, are taking part in the 36th 42-km Vodafone Istanbul Marathon, as well as in two other 15-km and 10-km races.
The marathon started at the Asian edge of the Bosphorus Bridge and ended in the historical peninsula of the Sultanahmet district, where the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia are located.
Istanbul mayor, Kadir Topbas, was at the start of the marathon. He was joined by Akif Cagatay Kilic, the youth and sports minister, and former Kenyan marathon world record-holder Paul Tergat.
Ethiopian Amane Gobena in the women's category and Moroccan Hafid Chani in the men's category have finished first.