Organized by Eker Dairy Products with the motto "Take a Step, Make a Difference" in Bursa, the 8th Eker I Run ended with the participation of 1.569 athletes. Athletes from 6 different cities in our country also came to the organization where 11 foreign athletes from 31 countries took part. The number of female athletes was 589.
Yeliz Çelik won the 42K Marathon in women, while Cemalettin Suntur took the lead in men.
The organization, which started with the Skating Race held in Eker Meydan on October 2 and the Little Steps Run where children aged 6-12 could participate, continued with adult runs on Sunday, October 3rd. The first 42 rankings of the 3K Marathon, which started from Uludağ and ended in Eker Meydan, were as follows:
42K Marathon Women's Top 3 (hour.minute.second)
1. Yeliz Celik – 03.35.00
2. Anastasiia Kamsiuk – 03.58.46
3. Özlem Önen – 04.30.10
42K Marathon Men Top 3
- 1. Cemalettin Suntur – 02.42.41
- 2. Hasan Akyol – 02.44.16
- 3. Necati Aktaş – 02.54.41
After the start at an altitude of 1.800 meters in Uludağ Hotels Region, the athletes started to cover the track, and they ran along the track in different weather conditions until the finish at Eker Meydan in Nilüfer district. Athletes stated that they experienced an unforgettable racing experience after the race.
Great interest in 15K and 5K races
In the 2021K and 15K races, which are among the most popular events of Eker I Run 5, the top three were as follows:
15K Race Women Top 3
1. Rahime Tosun – 01.05.18
2. Özlem Işık – 01.05.28
3. Hormuz Bicer – 01.05.46
15K Race Men top 3
1. Echchibani Salh – 00.47.37
2. Hope Lighter – 00.49.43
3. Omar Knioun – 00.50.30
5K Race Women Top 3
- 1. Ayşe Yağmur Cesur – 00.20.48
- 2. Beyzanur Bozkurt – 00.22.16
- 3. Northern Ceren Sevgi – 00.22.49
5K Race Men Top 3
- 1. Yunus Emre Akkus – 00.16.10
- 2. Murat Emre Trigger – 00.17.29
- 3. Emirhan Kurt – 00.17.39
Colorful images in Eker Meydan
Skaters of all ages participated in the Eker I Run Skating Race, Turkey's first skating race, which was held for the first time in 2019, and there was great excitement throughout the 10 km track. Another event that created colorful scenes in Bursa was the Tiny Steps Run. Thanks to this event, the little ones between the ages of 6-12 had a day they will never forget for the rest of their lives.
Approximately 250.000 TL donations were collected until the end of the race.
In the Charity Run, one of the most meaningful events of the Eker I Run organization, donations were collected for the projects of Non-Governmental Organizations that create social value, together with Adim Adim, and funds were created for these projects.
The amount of donations collected for 18 NGOs until the end of the race was approximately 250.000 TL.
Eker I Run organization also received strong partnership support from public institutions and brands in order to provide the athletes with the highest level of racing experience.
TR Ministry of Youth and Sports, Bursa Metropolitan Municipality, Turkish Athletics Federation, General Directorate of Nature Conservation and National Parks, Bursa Culture, Tourism and Promotion Association, Michelin, Limak Energy, Axa Fit, Bursa Cable Car, Meydan 6000, Uludağ Beverage, Komagene,hastavuk, Sheraton, Romatem, Polar, Medikana, Yonca Gymnastics, Extreme Park, Actifoam, PlusTiming, RitmModa, Hisar Reklam and Kentvizyon were the stakeholders that supported the organization.
Eker, which has brought our country together with taste and freshness for 44 years, will continue to organize sports organizations and sponsor amateur sports branches in the coming period.