Around 250 people turned out on Sunday to take part in the Yaşam İçin Yarış (Race For Life) in Fethiye.

Yaşam İçin Yarış takes place in Fethiye for the third year Yaşam İçin Yarış takes place in Fethiye for the third year Yaşam İçin Yarış takes place in Fethiye for the third year

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.

Yaşam İçin Yarış takes place in Fethiye for the third year

Yaşam İçin Yarış takes place in Fethiye for the third year
75 year old Suzanne Rolland from Montreal, Canada took part for the first time

The categories were the same as the previous years; men, women, children and wheelchairs with one addition, a trial of a 21km half marathon.

Yaşam İçin Yarış takes place in Fethiye for the third year

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.

Yaşam İçin Yarış takes place in Fethiye for the third year

12 runners took part in the race which started from the Culture Centre at 9am and followed a route to Kocaçalış and back.

Yaşam İçin Yarış takes place in Fethiye for the third year

Once the half marathon had started, Karen Stockman led the 5km runners/walkers in an aerobic warm up.

Yaşam İçin Yarış takes place in Fethiye for the third year

Yaşam İçin Yarış takes place in Fethiye for the third year

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.

Yaşam İçin Yarış takes place in Fethiye for the third year

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.

Yaşam İçin Yarış takes place in Fethiye for the third year

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.

Yaşam İçin Yarış takes place in Fethiye for the third year
Maz and Sue, with Brian’s widow, Helen, handing the donation over to Mehmet Güven, owner of the Yalamoz Hotel, an official sponsor of Yaşam İçin Yarış.

Five, four, three, two, one…

Yaşam İçin Yarış takes place in Fethiye for the third year

 

Yaşam İçin Yarış takes place in Fethiye for the third year

Yaşam İçin Yarış takes place in Fethiye for the third year

Yaşam İçin Yarış takes place in Fethiye for the third year

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…

Wheelchair category

Yaşam İçin Yarış takes place in Fethiye for the third year

Men’s category

1st place: Muhammed Aslan (361)

2nd place: Fetih Güneş (203)

3rd place: Sadi Özgen (069)

Yaşam İçin Yarış takes place in Fethiye for the third year

Women’s category

1st place: Helen Davies (264)

2nd place: Jill Breeze  (205)

3rd place: Leyla Temiz (428)

Children’s category

1st place: İsmail Ardıç (188)

2nd place: Lara Eken (281)

3rd place: Furkan Baran (202)

1st place: İsmail Ardıç (188)

Half Marathon

1st place: Salih Dereli (080)

2nd place: Ferruh Usta (085)

3rd place: Serkan Özdemir  (055)

Yaşam İçin Yarış takes place in Fethiye for the third year

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)

Yaşam İçin Yarış takes place in Fethiye for the third year
Fethiye District Governor (Kaymakam) – Muzzafer Şahiner (right) approaching the finsh line

What’s next?

Please collect your sponsor money and pay it in at the FETAV office by Friday 3rd November.

Yaşam İçin Yarış (Race For Life) - Sunday 15 October 2017 - Let's turn Fethiye turquoise!
FETAV office in the Kaymakamlığı building next to the PTT in Fethiye

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.

Thanks to

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 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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