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Welcome to Istanbul, Turkey! The Intercontinental Istanbul Eurasia Marathon is an international athletics event organized by the metropolitan municipality in Istanbul, Turkey, every year on a Sunday in October since 1979. The 2014 edition takes place on November 11th.

The Eurasia Marathon is the major running event in Istanbul and the only one in the world where you can run from one continent to another. A competitive 15km and a 8km fun run are organized on the same day.

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All events start on the Asian side of the city, close to the Bosphorus bridge, and end on the European one crossing the Bosphorus and the Golden Horn. Both the marathon and the 15km end in Sultanahmet district, the area where most of the tourist attractions and accommodations are. The Fun Run finishes in Dolmabahce, between the Besiktas Inonu Stadium and the Dolmabahce Palace.

The course is asphalt, mostly flat and is free of traffic. It is the only course in the world where the marathon includes two continents, Asia and Europe, in one race.

The marathon starts on the Asian side of the city, short before the First Bosphorus Bridge, crosses the bridge giving an outstanding view of the Bosphorus and Istanbul, and passes many historic sites including the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia, and ends in the Inonu Stadium in the European part.

In all, the race crosses three bridges, one over the Bosporus and two over the Golden Horn. The course changed three times over the years, therefore winning scores differ.

The Eurasia Marathon Istanbul is a hidden gem in the autumn calendar with amazing views such as the Blue Mosque and the Hagia Sophia. Flying to one of the top destinations for a short warm break, runners have the unique chance to cross the Bosphorus Bridge by foot, as it's reserved to vehicular traffic only for the rest of the year. The time limit is 5 hours and 30 minutes.

To register for the Eurasia Marathon Istanbul, participants must be 18 years of age or older on the race day. The three race categories for men and women are: marathon, 15 km and public run. A special category for disabled persons exists also. In 2003, 571 athletes (523 men and 48 women) from all over the world took part in the marathon category only. Participation in the public run was with 150.000 people a record set in 1998.

Course record for men was set by Moges Taye of Ethiopia in 2 hours 13 minutes and 37seconds (1997), and for women by Madina Biktagirova of Russia in 2:34:25 (2005). In 2006, course record for men was broken by the Lithuanian athlete Mindaugas Pukstas in 2:12:52, and Madina Biktagirova of Russia renewed her own course record for women from the previous year with 2:28:21.

For the first time in 2006, time keeping for marathon and 15 km was effected by means of a single-use chip, which was placed on the athlete's shoe tied by shoelaces. Without this so-called champion-chip, no time keeping was possible.

Money prizes are given to the first 25 male athletes and 15 best female athletes in the marathon category, the first 3 ranks receiving US$ 35,000, US$ 15,000 and US$ 10,000 respectively. An athlete, who broke the course record, is awarded with a bonus of US$ 5,000.

Bonuses exists also for times run between 2:14:00 and 2:04:55 or better for men and between 2:33:00 and 2:15:25 or better for women, scaled from US$ 500 up to US$ 100,000. Prizes are also provided for the best ranking athletes in other competition categories.

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