Kenyan, Ethiopian runners win Istanbul marathon

Thousands of people have participated in Turkey’s biggest marathon

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

Kenyan Elias Kemboi Chelimo won the men's race

The 37th Vodafone Istanbul Marathon has ended with Kenyan Elias Kemboi Chelimo and Ethiopian Amena Gobena runners winning the race.

Chelimo crossed the finish line to win the men’s race, while Gobena won the marathon for women. 

The Istanbul Marathon, the theme of which was “End Violence Against Women” this year, started at 9 a.m., local time [0700GMT] on the Asian side of Istanbul and finished on the European side of the city.

The marathon hosted not only some of the world’s elite athletes but also thousands of people who wished to challenge themselves by running the 42 kilometers and 195 meters long (around 26 miles) race.