On Sunday March 1st a group of runners from Fethiye took part in the 10th Runatolia,
an annual sports event held in Antalya.
They are now looking forward to participating in Race for Life – Turkey on April 12th.
With Fethiye having an increasing number of running and jogging enthusiasts of all ages,
there was a strong turn out from the town with an international group of entrants,
providing a foretaste of the town’s own Race for Life.
10th Runatolia: the biggest so far
With 3,500 participants, running 10k, half marathons and marathons in
Antalya on Sunday march 1st, Runatolia showed Race for Life –Turkey’s organisers
how Fethiye’s own event could eventually look in years to come,
attracting runners from all over Turkey and beyond.
Runatolia is the name given to the event formerly known as Runtalya Marathon,
which was organized for the first time on 19th of March 2006.
Over the last decade the event had grown considerably,
attracting both home grown and international competitors.
Running for charity
Seyran Sucu, Mustafa Kızıltaş, Uğur Çaçoron, Mustafa Alper, İlyas Öktem, Ünal Sönmez all ran the half marathon,
raising money for the Fethiye Association for the Prevention of Child Abuse.
Race for Life team
Deniz Öge, Operations Coordinator for the International Mediterranean Academy
and committee member for Race for Life ran the 10k.
Fethiye’s was also represented by resident runners from all age groups.
Peter Simpson from Üzümlü came 1st in the marathon for his age group,
while Steve Williams of Calis came 3rd in the half marathon for his age group.
Renate Köker from Fethiye, who came 2nd in her age group for the half marathon
and Patricia Meldrum from Çalış was the 3rd female in her age group for the half marathon.
Fethiye’s ‘ambassador for disability’
Bursa born Yavuz Şap, who lives in Fethiye and has previously described himself as Turkey’s
ambassador for disability, sport and peace, has participated in marathons all over the world,
also took part in the 10k.
Flying in from Scotland
Showing an extraordinary level of personal commitment, Dorothy Lucas, from Scotland,
Tom Wilson & Irene Wilson, also from Scotland, Graham Hedges, from England all flew
from the UK to participate, before flying back again!
Three cheers for Fethiye’s runners!
Fethiye should be proud of their runners as in the half marathon there were a total of
3500 runners from all over Turkey, the UK, Germany and even the USA.
For more information about Runtolia click here.
Next on the list: Race for Life – Turkey
Starting small but with big ideas
Wheelchair it, Run it, Jog it, Walk it – but Beat It !
Cancer, We’re Coming to Get You
The first ever Race for Life, Turkey, will be held in Fethiye on
12th April 2015 and is a 5 km event along the beautiful Fethiye Kordon.
It’s a totally flat course with stunning scenery.
Participants can run, walk, or use a wheelchair for the 5km route,
have fun and raise money for cancer treatment, awareness and research in Turkey.
If you would like to participate in Race for Life – Fethiye,
please click here for further information.
A message from the Organizers:
The team can’t thank you all enough for the great support you have shown in this project.
Our children’s fun event will take place on Saturday April 11th at 2pm with the main
Race for Life event on Sunday April 12th at 10:00am.
All proceeds will go toward Cancer Research,
Treatment and Awareness here in Turkey.
We are in the Converse Sports Store in the Erasta Shopping Mall again next Friday,
Saturday and Sunday between 2pm and 5pm.