Istanbul Half Marathon was awarded IAAF Gold Label status starting with the 2017 race.
Istanbul Half Marathon has been awarded with the IAAF Gold Label for Road Races. The Gold Label is the highest international qualification awarded by the International Association of Athletics Federations for running events. Istanbul Half Marathon is the 10th half marathon that is awarded Gold Label in the World.
IAAF Label Events are annual running competitions, categorised by International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) as being among the foremost competitions of their type.
Races are divided into three categories: Gold, Silver and Bronze Label Road Races. The best races are awarded the Gold Label based on criteria by IAAF:
The criteria for whether a road race receives a Label designation is based on six general issues;
Course timing and measurement
Quality of international field of runners
Health and safety
Certificate of IAAF Road Gold Label