October 15 This years marathon was won by Kenyan Rob Josephat in a time of 2:17:02, ending the three-year reign of Ethopian Taye ...
South African Frans Chauska came in third for the men with a time of 2.18 43. For the women, fellow Romanian Constantina Dita came in second, at 2:37:59, followed by Natalia Galusko of Belarus in third, with a time of 2:38:24.
The marathon attracted 436 athletes, 31 of whom were women runners. Both the marathon and 15-kilometer races began at 9 a.m., 800 meters from İstanbuls first bridge, which spans the continents of Europe and Asia. A Turkish woman, Ebru Kavaklooğlu, won the womens 15 kilometer race with a time of 00:52:25.
The shorter eight-kilometer Peoples Run, which began at 9:30 a.m. on the Asian side, attracted 75,000 people representing various interests, including a karate club and an American football team, both in full costume. The circus-like atmosphere was confirmed by a circus performer pulling off a daring high-wire act at the start of the race.
City officials said 25 ambulances were on call for the days events, with area hospitals along the race course on alert for possible race-related emergencies.
Registration fees for the marathon went to charities, officials said. This years marathon used as its theme İstanbuls bid to host the 2008 Summer Olympics. All promotional material for the race included reference to the citys efforts at winning the right to host the games.
Noteworthy athletes who participated in the 22nd İstanbul Eurasia Marathon included Kenyans Koech Jonah and Sammy Martin, Taye Moges of Ethiopia, Andrew Sambu of Tanzania, Carlos Calado of Portugal, Pavel Andeev of Russia; among the women were Reneta Kokovska of Poland, Natalia Galushko of Belarus and Edato Gadissa of Ethiopia.
The men and women marathon winners were to receive $20,000 each; second place winners $15,000; and third place finishers $10,000.
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