World record in Women’s!

For the first time in history of Turkey, N Kolay 16th Istanbul Half Marathon witnessed a world record set in a road run. Kenya’s Ruth Chepngetich set the women’s world record clocking a time of 1:04:02 and finished the Women’s Category General Classification as first. Ethiopia’s Yalemzerf Yehualaw was the second in the race clocking a time of 1:04:40, while Helen Obiri of Kenya was the third (1:04:51).

N Kolay Istanbul Half Marathon was the first race in history where all 3 female athletes on the podium completed the race under 65 minutes.

Race course record set in men’s!

In the Men’s Category General Classification, Kenya’s Kibiwott Kandie set the race course record of the N Kolay Istanbul Half Marathon in 59:35.

An organization experienced in running in the pandemic…

The half marathon, which was successfully run in 2020 and 2021 under pandemic measures, set an example for the world athletics community during a period when the races stopped, and instilled confidence in its participants. The event will include a 10K category as well as a skaters category over the Half Marathon distance in 2022.

Having gained experience in organizing races under pandemic conditions, Spor Istanbul is determined not to deprive Istanbul of important sports events in the New Normal Period!

Services Offered within the scope of the Event

  1. Electronic timing
  2. Race Kit (chest number and electronic chip)
  3. Race bag
  4. T-shirt
  5. Medal
  6. Certificate
  7. Water and nutrition stations on the race course
  8. Food package after the race
  9. Photograph service
  10. Free transportation in the vehicles belonging to Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality (Marmaray is not included)


Race Day Schedule

It will be announced here soon.

Race Time Limit

The time limit for 21K runners is 3 hours 25 minutes.

Pace Gates

During registration, athletes are requested to state their target finishing time. Using this information, we will guide athletes to the correct pace gate according to their bib number so as to help them enter the race area. Each athlete must enter to the race area using the gate indicated on his or her bib number. Using another door to race area is not allowed. For example; an athlete who has a bib number indicating the letter “A” cannot enter to the area using the Gate B.

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

The intermediate times will be taken at each 5km. 

Each km will be indicated by markers along the course.

Water and Refreshment Stations

There is a refreshment station on the race course per 5 kilometre. There are also water and sponge stations between these food stations.


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.

Safekeeping Tents

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.


Race Bags Security Check

As part of security measures, security officers will check all bags using metal detectors. Please conform to the warnings by security officers.



It will be announced here soon.

Appeal Period

It will be announced here soon.

Master Athletes (Age Groups)

Men Age Groups

16-19/ 20-23/ 35-39 / 40-44 / 45-49 / 50-54 / 55-59 / 60-64 / 65-69 / 70-74 / 75-79 / 80-84 / 85+

Women Age Groups

16-19/ 20-23/ 35-39 / 40-44 / 45-49 / 50-54 / 55-59 / 60-64 / 65-69 / 70-74 / 75-79 / 80-84 / 85+


It will be announced here soon.


It will be announced here soon.


Race Kit Distribution

It will be announced here soon.

Chip Usage Video

Please click the link for our video about how to attach the chip on your shoes;

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.

Bib Number

Participants will get their bib numbers during the distribution of kits. Your bib number will be determined when you will get your kit.

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.


Registration Periods and Participation Fees
  • Registration period May 9 – October 3, registration fee is 60 Euro
    Registration period October 4 – January 2, registration fee, 70 Euro
    Registration period January 3- April 15, registration fee 90 Euro
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 Cancellation

Your registration cannot be cancelled or postponed and no refund is possible as the service processes will start as soon as you register. Even though you decide not to attend to the race, you can get your race kit from the distribution point.

Category Change

Category Change” is not possible.

Age Limit

Athletes who have turned 18 as of April 30, 2023 can participate in the race.


Medical Advice

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.



If you have recently caught a cold, flu or an inflammatory disease, thrown up, experienced a chest pain or lost weight or if you don’t feel well, please do not attend to the race. Otherwise, you may face a serious risk on the 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.

Personal Check List

Before the race
– Flight/journey
– Visa/passport
– Hotel/Accommodation
– Money transfer

Event Week
– Check your flight times
– Determine your emergency contacts

The race
– Bib number (attached to the shirt and filled out emergency contact on the back)
– Chip for timekeeping
– Heart rate watch and belt
– Running Shoes (worn for min. 50k)
– Running socks
– Shorts/pants (worn before)
– Shirt (worn before)
– Running gloves (for the colder season)
– Head band
– Sunglasses
-The athlete will enter through the same door as the letter on the bib number
– Old coat/pants/sweatshirt to keep yourself warm at the start
– Enough drinks
– Leaving your race bags to luggage buses  

After the race
– Food and drink
– Shirt
-Receiving your race bag from the luggage bus

Organizational Restrictions

N Kolay Istanbul Half-Marathon is a running event and, therefore, athletes are not allowed to attend with a bicycle, motorcycle, any wheeler or non-wheeler vehicle or an animal. Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality organizes other races and events for sports performed with these means. Participants are required to arrive with sportswear suitable for the organization.

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?

In our competition, there is no classification of wheelchair in any class.