While thousands run from one continent to another on 28 October 2007, the elite athletes will be vying to win their share of a $1,001,000 prize purse at the 29th edition of the Intercontinental Istanbul Eurasia Marathon.
Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality, the organizer of the event, has nearly doubled the cash prize pool this year in an attempt to make the Istanbul Marathon one of the highest paying marathons in the world. The total payout last year was $572,000, with even a higher raise compared to the prize money of $200,000 in 2005.
The first 25 men and 15 women in the marathon will leave Istanbul with their pockets full. Victory alone in both men’s and women’s side will bring the winner $60,000. With a $100,000 bonus for a world record breaking performance and a $10,000 for the course record. The participants of the 15km race and the marathon wheelchair category are also entitled for prizes for their events.
The unique marathon, starting in the Asian part and finishing in the European part of Istanbul, also incorporates the Balkan Marathon Championships this year, with also separate prize money for its participants.