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 Euro
    Registration period October 4 – January 2, registration fee, 70 Euro
    Registration period January 3- April 10, registration fee 90 Euro
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.
Age Limit
Athletes who have turned 18 as of April 30, 2023 can participate in the race.
Category Change
Category Change” is not possible.


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 CİBALİ E Atatürk Bridge



FATİH AYVANSARAY E Ayvansaray Intersection
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 Akçin Street
FATİH BALAT G Yıldırım Street
FATİH BALAT G Dr. Sadık Ahmet Street
FATİH BALAT G Miralay Nazım Bey Street
FATİH BALAT G Ayakapı Street
FATİH BALAT G Şerefiye Street
FATİH BALAT G Seferikoz 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 Kazancılar Street
FATİH KÜÇÜKPAZAR G Küçükpazar Street
FATİH EMİNÖNÜ G Kıble Çeşme Street
FATİH EMİNÖNÜ G Ord. Prof Dr Cemil Birsel Street
FATİH EMİNÖNÜ G Çanakçılar Street
FATİH EMİNÖNÜ G Mahkeme Street
FATİH EMİNÖNÜ G Asmaaltı Street
FATİH SİRKECİ G Arpacılar 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 YENİKAPI E Yenikapı Turnout
FATİH YENİKAPI E Namık Kemal Street



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

Intermediate Schedule
In the 10K run, the rank of the runners is determined at the 5K and finish points.
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 / Toilets
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.

*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.





  1. Athletes competing in the Elite category cannot benefit from the Master Athletes awards.
  2. The Half Marathon Racecourse Award and the World Record Award are only paid to the athlete who completes the race first.
  3. A stamp tax of 0.948% is deducted from the awards.
  4. In accordance with the rules of the World Athletics; athletes with a positive doping test will not be awarded.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
Award Process
After the official results are announced following the end of the objection period, the ranked athletes will be called and informed, and they will be asked to fill out the award payment form and send it to us. (If the trophy ceremony will be held on the evening of the race day, these forms will be collected from the athletes ranked according to the unofficial results, and in case of a change in the ranking, the form will not be valid).

The deadline for submission of documents will be two weeks after the announcement of official results.

Objection Period
The objection period for age groups is 5 business days from the race date. Objection requests received within this period will be evaluated. Objection requests received after this date will not be considered.
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+

All athletes who complete the race within the time limit of 3 hours and 25 minutes will receive a medal at the finish line.

Participants who finish the race after the time limit forfeit a right to medal.

Award Ceremony

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
Information on how to use your chip is available in the video below.

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.


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.


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

Event Week
– 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
– 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.
Services Offered within the scope of the Event
Electronic timing
Race Kit (chest number and electronic chip)
Race bag
Water and nutrition stations on the race course
Food package after the race
Photograph service
Free transportation in the vehicles belonging to Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality (Marmaray is not included)

Istanbul Half Marathon is one of the best 3 racecourses in Europe!
According to the criteria set by the World Athletics, in 2023, only 9 half marathons in the world and only 3 half marathons in Europe will be run in the Gold Label category.
Istanbul Half Marathon, which deserves to be in this significant category, is shown among the top 3 racecourses in Europe with its unique Historical Peninsula racecourse!
We are proud to be included in the Gold Label category by following the criteria set for road running by the international organization World Athletics!