Istanbul, Turkey – The 30th anniversary Intercontinental Istanbul Eurasia Marathon takes place on Sunday 26 October 2008 with a total of 1021 participants expected in the marathon, 2500 in a 15 km race, and 90,000 in Fun Run, coming from 57 countries around the world.
The elite field of 57 runners will run for a prize purse, totaling $1,001,000 this year.
Haile Gebreselasse, the World marathon record holder will be welcomed in Istanbul as the guest of honour in the two days prior to the race. He will attend a press conference on Friday (24), and visit the Marathon Expo on Saturday (25). Then he will hurry back to Ethiopia to be in time for the wedding of Ethiopian distance runners Tirunesh Dibaba and Sileshi Sihine on Sunday (26).