The 37th Istanbul Marathon, with this year’s theme of “End Violence Against Women,” started at 9 a.m. on the Asian continent of Istanbul and finished on the European side of the city on Sunday, November 15, 2015. The marathon hosted not only some of the world’s elite athletes but also thousands of people who wished to challenge themselves by running the 42 kilometers and 195 meters long (around 26 miles) race.
Kenyan and an Ethiopian athlete have come first at the 37th Vodafone Istanbul Marathon, while thousands of Istanbulites have enjoyed the opportunity to cross the Bosphorus Bridge from the Asian continent to the European on foot.
Kenyan Elias Kemboi Chelimo and Ethiopian Amane Gobena runners won the men’s and women’s race, respectively, while a Turkish athlete came to the stage at third place, the first time for 20 years.
Chelimo finished the race with the time of 2 hours, 11 minutes, 13 seconds, as the runner up Evans Kiplagat, also a Kenyan, finished with 2 hours, 12 minutes, 47 seconds. Men’s third place was also achieved by a Kenyan, Silah Kipkemboi Limo, as he came in at 2 hours, 13 minutes, 57 seconds.
Chelimo, who received $50,000 for finishing first, said his timing was a little short of a record but he was happy to have done his best.
Meryem Erdoğan, the third place winner of the race, finished the marathon at 2 hours, 46 minutes, 38 seconds, thus marking the first Turkish athlete to make it to the podium in the last 20 years.
Bekir Karayel, who was the best scoring Turkish athlete at the marathon, came in sixth.
Citizens who did not wish to run but rather have a nice time walking over the Bosphorus Bridge opted for the “Public Run,” a track around 8 kilometers on which people cycled or even sat down while on the bridge and had a little snack.
Commenting on this year’s theme, İsmail Özbayraktar, the general manager of the Istanbul Municipality’s Spor A.Ş., said the country had seen the worse example of violence against women.
“While we run for the love of Istanbul, we will also say stop violence against women,” said Özbayraktar.