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Istanbul Marathon 2021, Details

Thousands of people join to Istanbul Marathon every year. When will the  Istanbul Marathon 2021 start? What is the starting point of the Marathon of Istanbul in 2021? You will find the answer in our post below.



When is the Istanbul Marathon 2021?


Marathon Istanbul 2021 will be held in 7 November and starts at 09:00 am.



How Many Km is the Istanbul Marathon 2021?


There will be 3 different distances & routes at the Marathon of Istanbul. They are 42 Km Run for pro and elite runners, 15 Km Run and 8 Km Fun Run also called public run.




How Long Istanbul Marathon 2021 Takes?


42 Km Run starts at 09:00 am and takes around 2 hours and 15 minutes until the finish line.


15 Km Run starts at 09:15 am and takes around 1 hour until the finish line.


8 Km Marathon Fun Run starts at 09:45 am.



The time limit for the Marathon 15Km Runners is 3 hours & 45 minutes, and 6 hours for 42 Km Runners. The run course will be open to car traffic after 13:00 and runners will continue to run on the sidewalks after that time.









Where is the Istanbul Marathon Starts Point?


2021 Istanbul Marathon will start at the Bosphorus bridge as every year.


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Istanbul marathon 2021



How Can You Reach to Vodafone Marathon Starting Point?


The municipality of Istanbul organizes public buses to take participants of the marathon to the starting point.


  • Bus departure time for 42 Km and 15 Km Run from Taksim and Sultanahmet to the start point is at 07:00 - 07:30 am
  • Bus departure time for 8 Km Fun Run and from Mecidiyekoy to the start point is at 07:30 - 08:20 am
  • Luggage Bus departure time from Start Point to the Finish Points is at 08:30 am




Is Istanbul Marathon Free to Join?


Marathon Registration Fee changes according to date. The earlier you apply, the lower the price will be. And there is a limit so you better register as early as possible.


Marathon Istanbul 8K Fun Run is free of charge to join.



Istanbul Marathon application Fees for Turkish Citizens  are;


  • From 1st January 2020 until 31st July 2020                   - 85 Turkish Liras
  • From 1st August 2020 until 31st August 2020                - 100 Turkish Liras
  • From 1st September 2020 until 31st September 2020  - 150 Turkish Liras
  • From 1st October 2020 until 15th October 2020             - 200 Turkish Liras



Istanbul Marathon Application Fees for Non-Turkish Citizens  are;


  • From 1st January 2020 until 31st August 2020                                - 40 Euros
  • From 1st September 2020 until 30th September 2020                   - 60 Euros
  • From 1st October 2020 until 15th October 2020                              - 75 Euros





Istanbul Marathon 2021 42 Kilometers Run Program & Route Map



09.00  42Km Elite Race Starts

09.00  42Km Race Starts

11.15    Finish time for 42Km Run (Approximate)

12.00  42Km Run Award Ceremony in Sultanahmet

15.00  Finish time for 42Km Run in Sultanahmet ( for the last athlete, routes will be opened to traffic after this time)







2021 Istanbul Marathon 15 Kilometers Run Program & Route Map


09.45 Start of 8K Fun Run

09.58 Approximate Finish time for 15K Race Champion

12.00 42K General Classification Award Ceremony (in Sultanahmet)

13.00 Finish time for 15K (Yenikapi Meeting Area)







Istanbul Marathon 2021 8 Km Fun Run Program & Route Map


The Marathon of Istanbul Fun Run starts at 09:45 am under Altunizade Bridge and finishes in Dolmabahce, between the Besiktas Inonu Stadium and the Dolmabahce Palace.








What is the Prize in Istanbul Marathon


  • The winner prize for 42K Run of Vodafone Marathon is 50.000 US$
  • The prize for athlete who finishes second is 25.000 US$
  • The prize for 3rd athlete is 15.000 US$
  • The prize for 4th athlete is   7.000 US$
  • The prize for 5th athlete is   5.000 US$
  • The prize for 6th athlete is   3.000 US$
  • The prize for 7th athlete  is   2.000 US$
  • The prize for 8th athlete  is   1.000 US$



What is the Average Weather in November for Istanbul Marathon?


Average weather will be around 12-13 Celsius Degrees at the Start Point of Istanbul's Marathon and around 16+17 Celsius Degrees at Finish PointStart.



How Many People Join to Istanbul Marathon Each Year?


People from all around the world join the Marathon and it increases every year.

  • 140 thousand people from 109 different countries joined to Istanbul Marathon in 2019.
  • 100 thousand people participated in Marathon 8km Fun Run last year.
  •   52 Elite Marathon Athletes run in Marathon of Istanbul to win the grand prize in 2019



Be Prepared For The Marathon - What to Carry With You


The municipality of Istanbul will organize public buses to carry your bags (bus for bags only) from start to finish point unless you want to run with your bag or you have someone with you. Your bag will be waiting for you in the luggage tent when you arrive at the finish.

Last year around 30.000 people joined the 15K run and around 100.000 to 8K Fun Run. Imagine the crowd when you get there.

We highly suggest you carry your valuables (at least try) with you during the Run. You might want to get yourself some special gears and carriers for the runners.


Where to Stay near Istanbul Marathon Finish Line?


The finish line of the Marathon for both 15K and 42K runs will be in the Sultanahmet area. It's best to stay somewhere near Sultanahmet center, Küçük Ayasofya, Kadirga, or Beyazit regions to reach your hotel within a couple of minutes of walk.


If you still didn't reserve your accommodation in Istanbul, you can check the popular hotels in Sultanahmet with's Banner below.



Or you can have a look at our detailed Best Hotels in Sultanahmet Guide. Simply click on the image below to see our post where we listed the best hotels starting from budget hotels & apartments to Luxury stays in Istanbul.






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