With a new year comes a new resolution, and for many people it's the promise to get back in shape—whether by joining a gym, a running group, or signing up for that marathon you've always wanted to do. If you're one of the latter there's a marathon you may never have heard of. And one that not only will let you cross those dreaded 26.2 miles (42 km) off your to-do list, but also provide you with a stunning cultural experience. Istanbul, Turkey, is often referred to as the bridge between Europe and Asia, and every year this picturesque city hosts the internationally known Istanbul Eurasia Marathon.
For 32 years runners have been signing up for the privilege to begin the race on the Asian side of the city, crossing over the magnificent bridge that spans the Bosporus Strait, to finish on the European side. Not only can you tackle two continents, but do so in a location rich in historical significance. At the same time, it's also the chance to have a good time. Runners of all levels can participate with the full marathon, half-marathon, as well as the 8K Fun Run that opens up to the public after all the official racers have gone through. In 2010 more than 250,000 people crossed the famous bridge that is normally closed to foot traffic. This year's race will take place on Sunday, October 16, with applications available online now. The cut-off date for submitting is September 30.
Lisa Costantini is a writer/editor currently traveling the world with her husband working on a project about sport and culture. More information can be found on their website at www.whysportmatters.com. Lisa will be blogging from the road for us as she and her husband travel through Africa, Asia, South America, and Europe over the next several months.
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