Around 250 people turned out on Sunday to take part in the Yaşam İçin Yarış (Race For Life) in Fethiye.
The race is now in its third year and once again it was well supported by local people from Fethiye and Dalyan, and holidaymakers too – one from as far away as Montreal in Canada.
The categories were the same as the previous years; men, women, children and wheelchairs with one addition, a trial of a 21km half marathon.
A competitive addition to Yaşam İçin Yarış.
There are many serious runners who would like a more competitive race to be included as part of Yaşam İçin Yarış. This year a decision was made to run a trail of a 21km half marathon with a small number of competitive runners with a view to including it in future events.
12 runners took part in the race which started from the Culture Centre at 9am and followed a route to Kocaçalış and back.
Once the half marathon had started, Karen Stockman led the 5km runners/walkers in an aerobic warm up.
The entrants then formed a massive circle on Beşkaya Meydanı (Town Square), joined hands and shared in a minutes silence to think about loved ones and friends; those who are fighting cancer; those who have fought cancer in the past and the ones who lost their courageous fight.
Everyone had someone they were running for.
Amongst the entrants was ten-year-old Ela from Üzümlü who has just been told she is in remission after undergoing 14 sessions of chemotherapy. That didn’t stop this brave little girl and she completed as much of the 5km as she could.
Maz Gollancz and Sue Wiggins were there to run for Brian, the husband of a friend, who died of pancreatic cancer earlier this year. They had already raised 1500TL at a coffee morning held at Olive Grove Village where they live and a collection at Glamour later the same evening.
Five, four, three, two, one…
Here they come…
The winners of each category received a trophy and a medal presented by the Fethiye District Governor (Kaymakam), Muzzafer Şahiner, who also took part in the race, and Dilek Dinçer, the Director of FETAV.
The winners are…
1st place: Muhammed Aslan (361)
2nd place: Fetih Güneş (203)
3rd place: Sadi Özgen (069)
1st place: Helen Davies (264)
2nd place: Jill Breeze (205)
3rd place: Leyla Temiz (428)
1st place: İsmail Ardıç (188)
2nd place: Lara Eken (281)
3rd place: Furkan Baran (202)
1st place: Salih Dereli (080)
2nd place: Ferruh Usta (085)
3rd place: Serkan Özdemir (055)
All entrants received a medal and a certificate. Medals have been ordered for those who didn’t get one. Keep an eye on Facebook to find out when they are available to be collected from FETAV.
A message from the District Governor (Kaymakam)
“I liked the event very much and praise the commitment of the volunteers and committee. Taking part in the race was a very good experience for me” – Muzzafer Şahiner ( Fethiye District Governor)
Please collect your sponsor money and pay it in at the FETAV office by Friday 3rd November.
There’s still time to donate
If you don’t live in Fethiye and would like to make a donation to this great cause, please click here to visit our GoFundMe page.
The money raised will be used to provide equipment for the Oncology department at the Devlet (State) Hospital.
The Yaşam İçin Yarış Committee would like to say a massive thank you to the official sponsors (Sönmez Group, Dalyan Turkuaz Homes, Spectrum Turkey & Yakamoz Hotel), donators, fundraisers, registration points, helpers, Belediye and, last but definitely not least, to everyone who took part on Sunday.
We’ll see you all next year…
Cancer We’re Coming To Get You!
Thank you to Natalia Alpatova and Trevor Tongue for the photographs. More photographs can be found on Fethiye Times Facebook