Intercontinental marathon takes place in Istanbul
A total of 63 elite athletes are joining the Vodafone 41st Istanbul Marathon, which started at 0900 am local time <0600GMT> from Istanbul's Asian side and will end in the European part of the city.
Sponsored by world-famous British telecommunication conglomerate Vodafone, the sports event has four categories -- 42.2-kilometer (26.2 miles) marathon, 15-km run (9.3 mi), 8-km (4.9 mi) FunRun as well as a wheelchair competition.
The runners from 106 countries are competing in Sunday's race as thousands of people are attending the 8-km FunRun.
The finish line is located in the historic Sultanahmet Square on the city’s European side. The motto of the 2019 marathon is "Istanbul is yours. Don’t stop, run!"