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The Istanbul Marathon – officially called the 2023 N Kolay Istanbul Maratonu – takes you on a lovely journey through one of the world’s most fascinating cities. Be charmed by eastern and western influence as you pass by world famous tourist sites including the Hagia Sophia and Blue Mosque. Ready to run? We’ve got the answers to some of your most frequently asked questions to help get you to the starting line…
The 2023 Istanbul Marathon is scheduled for November 5, 2023 in Istanbul, Turkey (see more detailed location info below).
The Istanbul Marathon price in 2023 depends on date of registration and ranges from €60 – €120 for individual competitors. Registration can be done through the official event website here.
If the course is the same as 2022, the Istanbul Marathon starting line is in front of the 15 Temmuz Şehitler (15 July Martyrs) Bridge bus stop on the eastern/Asia side of the bridge. The finish line is at Sultanahmet Square in Old City Istanbul between the Blue Mosque and Egyptian Obelisk. The course map for the Istanbul marathon can be found here under the “42K Race Course” tab. It is a good reference for spectators who would like to cheer you on throughout the course.
The best area to stay for Istanbul Marathon participants largely depends on whether you would like to stay closer to the start or the finish line. Our recommendation based on nearby attractions & tourism options is to stay in the Old City section of Istanbul near the finish line around Sultanahmet Square/the Blue Mosque.
Don’t wait until the last minute… lodging near this area will be at a premium around race day. If you desire lodging closer to the starting line look to the northeast across the water in the area of the Beylerbeyi Sarayi (Palace).
The marathon’s course record for men of 2:09:37 was set in 2022 by Robert Kipkemboi of Kenya. The women’s record is 2:18:35 set in 2018 by Ruth Chepngetich also of Kenya.
Below, we’ve assembled some popular activities for visitors to Istanbul via our affiliate partner Tiqets.com.
2024 Major European Marathon Calendar
17 March: Rome Marathon
7 April: Paris Marathon
21 April: London Marathon
5 May: Prague Marathon
29 September: Berlin Marathon
20 October: Amsterdam Marathon
27 October: Frankfurt Marathon
TBD November: Istanbul Marathon
TBD November: Athens Marathon