Intercontinental marathon takes place in Istanbul

Orient Net - AA 2019-11-03 09:01:00

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The world’s only intercontinental marathon kicked off on Sunday in Istanbul with attendance of thousands of people including a record number of runners.

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!"