Sunday, October 28, 2007

Crossed Continents

Istanbul, city of history and nature, continues to gain a great deal both to sports and tourism through Eurasia Marathon. The Bosphorus is one of the most beautiful spots on the world and as you run it through, history of centuries run with you on the streets.

The Intercontinental Istanbul Eurasia Marathon, also known as the Eurasia Marathon (Turkish: Avrasya Maratonu) is an international athletics event organized by the metropolitan municipality in Istanbul, every year on a Sunday in October since 1983.

The 29th Inter-Continental Eurasia Marathon took place today Oct 28th. The marathon includes two continents, Asia and Europe in one race with common aims of friendship and peace. It's a 15-km race and then a people's race. A total of 1828 athletes participated to the marathon.

The Istanbul Eurasia Marathon starts from the Anatolian side of Istanbul, crosses the bridge giving an outstanding view of the Bosphorus thru Bosphorus Bridge, then passes many historic sites including the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sohia, and ends in the Inonu Stadium in the European part, see the marathon route above, click on for a larger size. In all, the race crosses three-bridges one over the Bosphorus and two over the Golden Horn. So, the runners are to take the most beautiful spots of the town during the race. Here are the marathon photos, taken from several Turkish newspapers of today, as I preferred to watch it on tv:)

As far as the Marathon Results:

In Men's category:

1st. David Emanuel Cheruiyot / Kenya / time: 2hr.10min.57sec
2nd. Mark Windot / Kenya / time: 2hr.11min.02sec
3rd. Tariku Jufar / Ethiopia / time: 2hr.11min.04sec

Winner David Emanuel Cheruiyot
of Kenya

In Women's category:

1st. Bayisa Alseda Tesema / Ethiopia / time: 2hr.29min.05sec
2nd. Malgorzata Sobanska / Poland / time: 2hr.31min.08sec
3rd. Olga Glok / Russia / time: 2hr.31min.10sec

1 comment:

  1. Nihal,

    Thanks for keeping me informed as to what is going on in the rest of the world :-)