A record number of runners participated in the 40th Istanbul Marathon, the only race between the world's continents, held on November 11.
The Vodafone Marathon Istanbul began on the Asian side of Istanbul in the July 15 Martyrs Bridge, formerly known as the Bosphorus Bridge.
The finish line is located in historical Sultanahmet Square on the European side of the city.
The theme of the year was "Run Istanbul for a healthy future."
The event featured a marathon of 42 km and three additional races in courses of 15 km, 10 km and 8 km.
It also includes race for wheelchair users.
About 5,000 runners – more than half of them foreigners – competed in a 42-kilometer marathon.
The five leading countries that sent runners are Russia, Germany, Ukraine, Britain and France.
The marathon was attended by fifty-five runners from Turkey, Kenya, Ethiopia, Azerbaijan, France, Bahrain and Morocco.
Compared to recent years, the number of foreign runners has doubled in the marathon.
The Istanbul Marathon is among 17 marathons in Europe and 38 marathons in the world.
The Kenyans control the race
Kenya Ruth Chepngetich Kenya won the women's 40th Intercontinental Championship of Istanbul Istanbul Marathon, Kanyan Felix Kimutai won the men's race by breaking the 42-marathon Istanbul 42 records of Sunday.
Last year finished Chepngetich winner 42 km run in 2 hours, 18 minutes and 35 seconds while Kimutai finished the same distance 2 hours, 9 minutes and 57 seconds.
The two Kinnies broke the marathon records of 42 km in races men and women.
About 30,000 professional runners from more than 100 countries participated in the marathon.
In addition to this, about 100,000 people run 8 km conventional Istanbul Marathon Run Run.
Several people also participated in the marathon for the audience, including Hiriyet Daily News Editors Editor Barçın Yinanç and Layout Editor Rıza Bülbül.
"Istanbul has become a marathon brand like New York, Boston and Tokyo," said Tourism and Sports Minister Mehmet Moharm Kasopoulou.
"By connecting the continents, we will prove the unifying force of sport," Kasapoglu said.
The idea of the Istanbul marathon began in 1978 when Turkish officials announced that a group of German tourists who run marathons in the countries they visited would visit Istanbul next year. It was then decided to implement the Eurasia Marathon project that was then named.