I just returned from Istanbul where I spent the weekend doing some media work for the organizers of last Sunday’s Vodafone Istanbul Half Marathon. It was the 11th edition of the event, but just the second that featured a professional elite field.
The men’s race was quite competitive, won by Ali Kaya of Turkey in 1:00:16, a new national record and European Under-23 record. He ran impressively to beat a solid field which included two world record holders: Zersenay Tadese of Eritrea, the world record holder over the half marathon distance, and Kenyan Leonard Komon, the world record holder at 10km and 15km.
Violah Jepchumba of Kenya was dominant in the women’s race, winning by more than a minute in 1:08:17.
In the specialist distance running and track & field media, the weekend was dominated by the London Marathon, one of the premiere 42.2km races in the world. Given that, we managed to attract some decent coverage. A sampling of stories that appeared via press releases I produced and distributed:
- World record-holders Tadese and Komon to clash in Istanbul – IAAF.org, website of the international governing body for track and field
- Kaya and Jepchumba cruise to Istanbul Half Marathon titles – IAAF.org
- Turkey’s Ali Kaya (60:16) Defeats World Record Holders Leonard Komon and Zersenay Tadese To Win Vodafone Istanbul Half Marathon; Violah Chepchumba (68:17) Wins Women’s Race – Letsrun.com, one of the world’s most popular distance running websites
- Kaya and Jepchumba prevail at Vodafone Istanbul Half Marathon – AthleticsAfrica
Image Gallery – 2016 Vodafone Istanbul Half Marathon
Below is an image gallery featuring 41 photos of the elite athletes that figured prominently in the race. I shot from a vehicle leading the men’s contest, so unfortunately there are very view images from the women’s.