It is with great pleasure that I welcome you all, the runners, accompanying persons and supporters, to Istanbul. I believe your experience in our City will be memorable as well as enjoyable.
Raising levels of physical activity is a key agenda item for our Municipality. We not only operate many sports facilities, but also organise several sporting events throughout the year, which one of them is the Istanbul Marathon. The Istanbul Half Marathon is another step taken to motivate and inspire people to take part in physical activity. Hopefully, more people will start running and training in order to participate in this event.
On the other hand, I am also pleased that İstanbul offers a new challenge for the athletes from all over the world. I am sure many runners will achieve their personal best times on the flat and fast course of the Istanbul Half Marathon. Our experienced organising team is well prepared to offer a world-class event.
Whether you run the İstanbul Half Marathon to win a prize, to finish in a good time or just for fun, I wish you every success. I hope it will be an enjoyable and rewarding day for all involved, and I will see you all at the start and finish lines!