The Historical Peninsula racecourse, home to 8,000 years of history, is enthusiastically run every year accompanied by the unique beauty of Istanbul!
This unique N Kolay Istanbul Half Marathon course, which holds Turkey’s first athletics record with the Women’s World Half Marathon record in 2021 and ranks first in the Road Running Rankings, also offers athletes the opportunity to achieve their best times!
As every year, we are very excited for the #FastestHalfMarathon this year!
How Do I Register?
- First-time runners should go to https://event.spor.istanbul/ and fill in the “Registration” page.
- Previously registered runners should fill in the form after they log in using their user name and password.
- Please click on the “Register” button under the form and complete the payment process by entering credit card details on the next page.
- Please make sure that the Registration Inquiry Page shows “Congratulations! You are Successfully Registered to the Race.”
After registration, no notification will be sent for approval via e-mail or phone call.
If you see the statement “Congratulations! You are Successfully Registered to the Race,” it means that your registration is successful.
Participants who complete their registration should check the day and hours to be announced with e-mail or on www.istanbulyarimaratonu.com or the social media accounts, so that they can get the materials (race kit) they will use during the race.
Registration Periods and Participation Fees
Registration period May 9 – October 3, registration fee is 60 EuroRegistration period October 4 – January 2, registration fee, 70 EuroRegistration period January 3- April 10, registration fee 90 Euro
Race Day Schedule
05.00 Closure of The Course to Vehicle Traffic
07.30 Skate Race Start
08.10 10K Start
09.30 Elite Athletes and 21K Start
11.00 Award Ceremony
12.55 21K Cut Off
13.30 Opening of the Course to Vehicle Traffic
14.00 End of the Race
Roads to be Closed:
Roads to be Closed as of 05.00 due to Half Marathon Racecourse:
|FATİH||ÇATLADIKAPI||E||Ferruh Kayha Street|
|BEYOĞLU||GALATA BRIDGE||E||GALATA BRIDGE|
|E||RAGIP GÜMÜŞPALA STREET|
|FATİH||AYVANSARAY||G||Ayvansaray Kuyusu Street|
|FATİH||AYVANSARAY||G||Çınçınlı Çeşmesi Street|
|FATİH||AYVANSARAY||G||Ferruh Kayha Street|
|FATİH||AYVANSARAY||G||Balat Kapısı Street|
|FATİH||AYVANSARAY||G||Çiçekli Bostan Street|
|FATİH||BALAT||G||Dr. Sadık Ahmet Street|
|FATİH||BALAT||G||Miralay Nazım Bey Street|
|FATİH||CİBALİ||G||Kadir Has Street|
|FATİH||CİBALİ||G||Kadir Has Intersection|
|FATİH||CİBALİ||E||Atatürk Avenue Connection|
|FATİH||UNKAPANI||G||Yavuz Sinan Camii Street|
|FATİH||KÜÇÜKPAZAR||G||Yeni Hayat Street|
|FATİH||EMİNÖNÜ||G||Kıble Çeşme Street|
|FATİH||EMİNÖNÜ||G||Ord. Prof Dr Cemil Birsel Street|
|FATİH||SİRKECİ||G||Yalı Köşkü Street|
|FATİH||SİRKECİ||G||Sirkeci İstasyon Street|
|FATİH||SARAYBURNU||G||Gülhane Park Sea Side Enterance|
|FATİH||AHIRKAPI||G||Kalyon Otel Restaurant|
|FATİH||KUMKAPI||E||Avrasya Tunnel “U” Turn|
|FATİH||KUMKAPI||G||Şair Sermet Street|
|FATİH||KUMKAPI||G||Çap Ariz Street|
|FATİH||YENİKAPI||E||Namık Kemal Street|
**G PRIVATE SECURITY
Race Time Limit
Cut Off and Time Limits
Between 0 K – 5K: 09.30 – 10.15
Between 5K – 10K: 10.15 – 11.05
Between 10K – 15K: 11.05 – 11.55
Between 15K – 21K: 11.55 – 12.55
Pace Gates Tempo Athletes
Tempo athletes will line up at the starting point according to their targeted finishing time. These athletes will be present at the start of the Half-Marathon. The tempo athletes will help you to start the race and control race time according to your targeted place.
Timing and Km. Marks
Each km will be indicated by markers along the course.
Water and Refreshment Stations / Toilets
There will be public and portable toilets available in various spots on the race course. The toilet spots will be indicated with signs so as to ensure that runners get easy access. The toilets will generally be placed 100 to 200 meters after water stations.
Please fill in the information requested on the reverse of your bag number and attach it to your bag. The number tag must be attached to your bag before the race. Please do not use this number if you will not deliver your bag.
Only the bags provided to athletes will be accepted at the safekeeping tents by the organization committee. The other bags and belongings will not be accepted due to security concerns.
The athletes who will deliver their bags to safekeeping buses are required to put the bag number provided by the organization, in the outermost pocket.
Bags must be delivered to safekeeping tents/buses before the time for delivery is over. The bags not delivered until such time will not be accepted.
Participants must not put valuable articles, money, telephone, wallet or similar other belongings in the bags they will deliver to safekeeping buses. In case of lost bags, the institution and authorities who hold the organization cannot be held responsible.
Bags may be lost in case of bag delivery to a place or vehicle other than safekeeping tents/buses. In such case, the institution and authorities who hold the organization cannot be held responsible.
*Don not forget that you need to leave your safekeeping items at the latest 20 minutes before the start time of the category you will run. For example, for the run that will start at 08.10, the athlete must have delivered his/her bag at 07.50 at the latest.
- Athletes competing in the Elite category cannot benefit from the Master Athletes awards.
- The Half Marathon Racecourse Award and the World Record Award are only paid to the athlete who completes the race first.
- A stamp tax of 0.948% is deducted from the awards.
- In accordance with the rules of the World Athletics; athletes with a positive doping test will not be awarded.
- The starting prizes of the athletes and the prizes of the top-ranking athletes will be deposited to the account numbers they have given in the presence of a notary public.
- In accordance with the World Athletics Federation’s Road Race Regulations, 2% of the prizes of the top eight athletes in the General Ranking will be deducted and sent to the account of the World Athletics Federation.
- To qualify for the Turkish classification award, the half marathon must be completed with at least 980 points (1:05:23 and faster for men, 1:17:33 and faster for women) according to the World Athletics Points Table.
- The athlete who is entitled to receive the World Record Award will also win the Half Marathon Racecourse Award. Thus, the athlete is qualified to receive both prize amounts.
The deadline for submission of documents will be two weeks after the announcement of official results.
Master Athletes (Age Groups)
Men Age Groups
35-39 / 40-44 / 45-49 / 50-54 / 55-59 / 60-64 / 65-69 / 70-74 / 75-79 / 80-84 / 85+
Women Age Groups
35-39 / 40-44 / 45-49 / 50-54 / 55-59 / 60-64 / 65-69 / 70-74 / 75-79 / 80-84 / 85+
Participants who finish the race after the time limit forfeit a right to medal.
In the 10K General Classification category; our top 3 athletes in the Skating Age and 21K Age categories can receive their trophies from the Spor Istanbul Head Office between 12.00-18.00.
Trophies will be sent to our athletes outside the city by cargo.
Athletes to receive awards on the stage:
1. Top 3 men and women in the 21K Skating General Classification
2. The first 3 men and women in the 21K Turkish Athletes Classification
3. Top 3 men and women in the 21K General Classification
Race Kit Distribution
Thursday, April 27, 2023, 10.00 – 19.00 Kanyon AVM P1 Floor
Friday, April 28, 2023, 10.00 – 19.00 Kanyon AVM P1 Floor
Saturday, April 29, 2023, 10.00 – 18.00 Kanyon AVM P1 Floor
Chip Usage Video
Overall ranking rewards (elite athletes) will be awarded based on gun time. All age group and other prizes will be given according to chip measurement times. Your position at the start line, how further back you are from the start line, does not affect your measurement. Your race time starts to be measured on the moment you cross the chip carpet.
Electronic Timing Chip
At the Race Kit Distribution area, all participants who register for the race will be given an Electronic Timing Chip with Recycling feature, that will measure their grades during the race.
Do not forget to wear your chip distributed with the race kits on the day of the race, do not take it out of your shoes during the race. The degrees of the racers running without chips cannot be measured.
We strongly advise you not to exchange your chip with other runners, as your chip is identified by your identification information.
Do not cross the finish line a second time or re-enter any part of the race course.
Your bib number is special for you and to N Kolay Istanbul Half-Marathon. Do not copy it or exchange with other participants.
If you give your bib number to another person or change it, your rank will be cancelled since you will be deemed to have violated the race rules.
ATTENTION: If you give your bib number to or exchange it with another person, this may risk his or her health since he or she will not be sufficiently prepared to N Kolay Istanbul Half-Marathon.
You will need to show your bib number in order to leave your bag to the safekeeping tent.
Your bib number must be attached on your chest throughout the race.
You need to attach your bib number in visible fashion so as to ensure that the official photographers of N Kolay Istanbul Half-Marathon can take your photos and you can find these photos later.
Please do not forget to put on the timekeeping chip, which has been delivered to you with your bib number and is used for keeping the time of your run, before the race starts.
Please completely fill in the required information on the reverse of your bib number, so that we can immediately intervene in case of any health issue.
Please get a medical examination before the race.
Patients with respiratory tract and heart diseases must not attend to the race.
You should attend to the race after a good sleep and rest.
Please have a breakfast early in the morning of the race and avoid alcoholic and acid drinks.
You should definitely put on your running shoes with socks.
You can cream your toes in order to prevent possible wounds which may occur after the race.
Please leave the race and ask help from health officers in case of any health issue which may occur during the race.
Do not take part in the race if you have recently had a cold, flu or fever; if you have vomited; if you had chest pains; or if you are weak and not feeling well. You may be at serious risk on race day. In this case, please be informed that Istanbul Half-Marathon will also be held one year later and consider attending to the next race.
Bus Departure Points for Runners Leaving the Race
There will be 3 buses at the 13th, 15th and 17th kilometres for runners who leave the race and don’t wish to continue till the finish point.
To read our blog “What Should I Do to Avoid Injuries?” you can click here.
To read our blog “What Should Be the Fluid and Nutrient Intake while Preparing for the Marathon?” you can click here.
Personal Check List
– Money transfer
– Check your flight times
– Determine your emergency contacts
The race day
– Check bus locations and times so you can reach the starting point.
– Attach your chest number to your t-shirt with hooked needles and fill in the information on the back.
– Attach your race chip to your shoe so that your running time can be measured.
– Please bring shorts and the t-shirt (previously worn), running socks, gloves, headband, sunglasses, pulsimeter watch and running shoes (must be minimum 50k and worn previously).
– Enter the event area through the relevant gate according to the letter written on your chest number.
– Bring old shorts and t-shirts with you to warm up at the start area.
– Have enough beverages with you.
– Hand over your race bag to the items buses.
After the race
– Food and drink
-Receiving your race bag from the luggage bus
It is strictly prohibited for all the runners who register to any category under N Kolay Istanbul Half-Marathon, to bring or exhibit at the race area products which promote a brand, foundation, organization or entity other than the t-shirts, flags and similar other articles distributed by the sponsor companies. Legal action will be taken against those persons and institutions who behave to the contrary.
Is There a Wheelchair Classification?
Services Offered within the scope of the Event
Race Kit (chest number and electronic chip)
Water and nutrition stations on the race course
Food package after the race
Free transportation in the vehicles belonging to Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality (Marmaray is not included)