The only transcontinental marathon in the world, a World Athletics Elite Label Race, its course passes in Europe and in Asia


In brief

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7 November 2021 (Sunday)
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Number of participants: 25.000,
marathon 2020 — 1.473
Course Record: 2:09:44 (marathon) Daniel Kibet, Kenia, 2019
Entry fee:
from €45 marathon

The Istanbul Marathon is an annual long-distance running event held in Istanbul, Turkey. The official name of the event is N Kolay Istanbul Maratonu. About 25.000 athletes take part in marathon race and other competitions (1.473 runners completed marathon in 2020).

The first transcontinental marathon in Istanbul was held in 1979.

The Istanbul Marathon is one of the World Athletics Elite Label Races.

In April you may run Istanbul Half Marathon (N Kolay Istanbul Yari Maratonu).

More about Istanbul and its attractions you may find here.

Istanbul Marathon (N Kolay Istanbul Maratonu) 2020

Events and activities

Marathon race, 26.2mi/42.195km (N Kolay Istanbul Maratonu)

The marathon race of 26.2mi/42.195km starts at 9:00 7 November 2021 (Sunday) from Kennedy Avenue (Kennedy Caddesi) near the port Yenikapı.

Age limit: at least 18 years old on race day.

9.3mi/15km Race (15K Yarış)

The 9.3mi/15km race starts at 9:15 7 November 2021 (Sunday) in 250 m from the 15 July Martyrs Bridge (15 Temmuz Şehitler Köprüsü), former Bosphorus Bridge.

Age limit: at least 16 years old on race day.

Entry fee: €45—85.

Course of the 9.3mi/15km race, Istanbul Marathon (Vodafone Istanbul Maratonu) 2019

Course of the 9.3mi/15km race, Istanbul Marathon (Vodafone Istanbul Maratonu) 2019

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The course of the Istanbul Marathon (N Kolay Istanbul Maratonu) 2021 runs from the European part of Istanbul to the Asian one, crosses the inlet Golden Horn (Haliç) along the bascule Galata Bridge (Galata Köprüsü) and the Strait of Istanbul (İstanbul Boğazı) along the 15 July Martyrs Bridge (15 Temmuz Şehitler Köprüsü) 1.560 m in length. The route follows the coast of the Sea of Marmara (Marmara Denizi).

Course of the N Kolay 43. Istanbul Marathon 2021

Course of the N Kolay 43. Istanbul Marathon 2021

Start and finish for all races of the Istanbul Marathon (N Kolay Istanbul Maratonu) 2021 is on Kennedy Avenue (Kennedy Caddesi) near the port Yenikapı in European part of Istanbul.

You may find the official course map of the Istanbul Marathon (N Kolay Istanbul Maratonu) 2021 here.

The time limit for completing the marathon is 6 hours. Additional limits are applied for certain points of the course.

Water and nutrition stations are located approximately every 2.5km (1.5 miles) of the route beginning at km 5 and at the finish. The stations provide runners with drinking water, sports drink, sugar, fruit, refreshing sponges.

Before the start, you may leave your personal belongings in the deposit tents next to the start zone till 8:30 7 November 2021 (Sunday). The stuff must be packed in an event-issued deposit bag; you should attach to your bag a sticker that has your race number on it. The sticker and the bag are included in your Race Pack along with your bib number. Show your bib number to get your bag back after the race.

The route of the Istanbul Marathon (N Kolay Istanbul Maratonu) 2021 is certified by the Association of International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS).


You may sign up for races of the Istanbul Marathon (N Kolay Istanbul Maratonu) 2021 online.

The online registration is open till 20 October 2021 or till the slots last.

The entry fee for the Istanbul Marathon (N Kolay Istanbul Maratonu) 2021 for foreigners is from €45. The entry fee may increase as the race day approaches.

There are special discounted rates for Turkish citizens and residents.

Your Marathon Race Entry includes:

  • Bib number and time measuring chip
  • Goody bag
  • Race T-Shirt
  • Bag deposit
  • Food and beverages stations, toilets along the course and after the race
  • Finisher medal
  • Changing facilities after finish
  • Recovery massage on first-come, first-served basis
  • Online race results
  • Digital race diploma with indicated finish time
  • Medical aid if necessary

You may pick up the Race Pack with your bib number at the Expo of the Istanbul Marathon (N Kolay Istanbul Maratonu) 2021 at the Exhibition and Art Center Avrasya Gösteri ve Sanat Merkezi (Aksaray Mahallesi, Yenikapı Etkinlik Alanı, Kennedy Cd. No: 11/1, 34096 Fatih, İstanbul).
Pick-up desks schedule:
4—5 November 2021 (Thursday — Friday) с 10:00 до 19:00,
6 November 2021 (Saturday) с 10:00 до 18:00.

Expo of the Istanbul Marathon (Vodafone Istanbul Maratonu) 2019

To get your Race Pack you should show your ID with photo.

No health certificate is required to enter any race of the Istanbul Marathon (N Kolay Istanbul Maratonu) 2021.

Race Results 2021*

Men (marathon)
1. Victor Kiplangat (UGA) 2:10:18
2. Robert Kipkemboi (KEN) 2:10:23
3. Solomon Mutai (UGA) 2:10:25

Women (marathon)
1. Sheila Jerotich (KEN) 2:24:15
2. Jackline Chepngeno (KEN) 2:24:21
3. Ayantu Abdi (ETH) 2:24:45

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Find your result and the results of your friends and companions here.

Contact information and links

Organizer’s address :
İBB (İstanbul Büyükşehir Belediyesi) — Spor Istanbul
Karagümrük Mah. Kaleboyu Cad.
No:111 Fatih / İstanbul
Тел.: +90 212 453 30 00 — Maraton Ofice, 153 (ALO BEYAZ MASA)

Social media:

* The race information is from publicly available sources and the official website of the event. Always check the official website for the most up-to-date information. If you see any mistake, please write to

Weather during Previous Races

Date: 8 November 2020
Partly cloudy throughout the day.
Temperature: 12°C – 19°C
Wind: 23 km/h
Date: 3 November 2019
Clear throughout the day.
8°C – 18°C
Wind: 13 km/h
Date: 11 November 2018
Partly cloudy throughout the day.
Temperature: 12°C – 20°C
Wind: 12 km/h

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Flight to Istanbul

From your nearest airport (based on your IP):

Prices are for round trip flights 5 November 2021 — 8 November 2021. Price information is automatically renewed. You may check flight prices for other dates here or use the search form in the right upper column (desktop).

You may use public transport, taxi, or preordered transfer from new Istanbul Airport (IST) or Sabiha Gokcen Airport Istanbul (SAW) to Istanbul or back.

If over the past 6 years your flight within European Union, Turkey or to these countries was delayed for more than 3 hours or cancelled, if you missed a connection flight because of delay, if you were denied boarding because of overbooking you are eligible for compensation of 125—600 € according to European Commission Regulation 261/2004 and Turkish Regulation On Air Passenger Rights. You may check your case for free here, it takes 2 minutes. No fee is charged until the compensation is paid.


Race participants are fully responsible for their life, health and any consequence that may result from running a distance. Keep in mind that ordinary health insurance does not cover participation in sport events. Special sport insurance is preferable.

Hotels in Istanbul

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Have a look at what locals offer for a short-term rent. Such option may be cheaper, more comfortable and with better location than a hotel. You may book a room, an apartment or a house via airbnb.

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Tours and Excursions

Other Races in November 2021

M — Marathon, 42.195 km
H — Half Marathon, 21.097 km

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