“42. N Kolay Istanbul Marathon ”was run from the European side to Asia for the first time in its history. Another "first" of the historical marathon, which was organized with a special course arrangement in accordance with pandemic rules, was the passage of the athletes twice on the 15th of July Martyrs Bridge. Passing the bridge by walking and running from time to time, IMM President Ekrem İmamoğlu said, “Today I think this marathon is the spark of the Olympic spirit of Istanbul”.
Organized by Sports Istanbul, a subsidiary of Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality (IMM), “42. N Kolay Istanbul Marathon ”was run. İBB President Ekrem İmamoğlu came to the starting area of the marathon with his wife Dilek İmamoğlu and son Semih İmamoğlu. Unlike previous years, the start of the marathon was given from Yenikapı within the scope of pandemic measures. Together with İmamoğlu couple, Deputy Governor of Istanbul Niyazi Erten, CHP Istanbul Provincial Chairman Canan Kaftancıoğlu, Spor A.Ş. General Manager Renay Onur, Athletics Federation President Fatih Çintımar and racing sponsor Aktif Bank General Manager Serdar Sümer pressed it. First, the skate and wheelchair races were started, respectively. Before the start of the 42-kilometer Elite Men and Women competitions, 114 citizens who lost their lives in the earthquake in İzmir were paid a minute of silence.
"ALL SENSITIVITY BACKGROUND TO COVID IS OBSERVED"
Speaking before the race, İmamoğlu stated that the Istanbul Marathon is a worldwide organization. Expressing his gratitude to the people, institutions and organizations who contributed to the organization, İmamoğlu said, “In such a beautiful organization, all sensitivity towards Kovid was observed. Of course, he would have liked to start this race on the bridge with hundreds of thousands of Istanbulites. But the world and our country are going through such an important process. I hope we will give the same start with hundreds of thousands in our Istanbul, which has overcome all its problems next year. "We would like to thank all our guests who attended, our Istanbul deputies, our CHP provincial chairman and all our friends."
Prayer to the martyrs of the 15th of July
The İmamoğlu couple and their delegation then moved to the 2th of July Martyrs Bridge, where the contestants will make a special pass twice this year. İmamoğlu, who visited the July 15 Martyrs Monument on the bridge, prayed in the area where the names of the martyrs of the treacherous coup attempt were written. Later, İmamoğlu, who stepped the bridge with the magnificent view of the Bosphorus, walked from time to time and ran from time to time. Greeting the contestants who wished him 'get well soon', İmamoğlu said in a statement he made by walking on the bridge:
"A VERY PRECIOUS AND SPECIAL MOMENT"
“Here again, let's walk from Asia to Europe where two continents meet, in the name of peace, friendship and health, in the name of all good feelings, with hundreds of thousands of our citizens; but unfortunately Kovid-19 prevented this. However, we provided the opportunity for our athletes to pass by providing health conditions. Specific to this year, athletes will cross from Europe to Anatolia for the first time and then again from Anatolia to Europe. So they will have crossed the bridge twice. A very precious and special moment for them. We hope that next year, with our citizens from Istanbul, we want to overcome this Kovid process with wisdom and science, and let us experience that enthusiasm here again. Today I think this marathon is the spark of the Olympic spirit of Istanbul. It suits Istanbul very well in the Olympics. Because Istanbul is a city full of people with sports culture. The most beautiful symbol of this is this jogging. I hope that in the future, we will bring the Olympics to Istanbul together in the shortest and closest periods. "
CHAMPION AWARD FROM İMAMOĞLU PAIR
The winners of the historical marathon are in the men; Kenyan athlete Benard Cheruiyot Sang became Kenyan athlete Diana Chemtai Kipyogei in women. Being the champion in the men's category, Sang received his trophy and award from the İmamoğlu couple.