43rd Istanbul Marathon with Runners from IPA Wrocław

21 Dec 2021

Every year, members of the IPA Wrocław team from Poland travel to a foreign mass marathon run. This tradition was started by coaches Szymon Fiedorow and Mariusz Cieslak. COVID-19 has broken the links of this chain. But still, we didn’t give up, and last year a foreign marathon was held in Athens, but in a virtual way.

This year, members of the IPA Wrocław team took up the challenge and decided to go to Istanbul for the biggest event of its kind in this part of the world. Under the conditions of a pandemic, such a trip required a large logistical effort and good coordination, and above all group responsibility from all members of the trip.

The IPA Wrocław members, battle-tested and well-trained, were up to the task and overcame all barriers that were associated with the trip. It was worth it!  We were guided through the Islamic streets and Turkish culture and cuisine by our colleague Michal, whose knowledge of the Turkish language and culture proved indispensable.

Istanbul, the biggest city in Europe, impressed us with its diversity and a spectrum of possibilities - wherever we looked, something was happening. The run itself led along a picturesque route. As the only run of its kind in the world, it spans two continents - Europe and Asia.

The start was on the Asian side. Afterwards, the runners ran across the Bosphorus Bridge to the historical part of the city right next to such monuments as the Blue Mosque and the Hagia Sophia.

Thank you all for your help and remote cheering for the whole event!


Author: Bartłomiej Majchrzak, IPA Region Wrocław, Poland

Photos: Bartłomiej Majchrzak, Dominik Piziewicz, Marcin Klimczak