The Eastern Promise
Join TeamMC running club for its first marathon challenge in Turkey, Istanbul. You will be among 20,000 people running in between the continents of Europe and Asia raising funds for clean and safe water in Kenya.
This iconic marathon will take you through some of the most historic sites in the world such as the Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque and the Bosphorus Bridge.
The 3-day trip will also include a visit to the Topkapi Palace Museum where you will immerse yourself in Ottoman history and get a chance to view some of the ancient Muslim relics such as the swords of the companions and the seal of the Prophet peace be upon him.
Full Marathon – 42km/21 Miles
Mid-Level Run – 15km/9 Miles
Fun Run – 8km
The course is asphalt, mostly flat and is free of traffic. It is the only course in the world where the marathon includes two continents, Asia and Europe, in one race.
Reg Fees: £300 – Including international flights, hotels, breakfast, excursion, and race fees
Fundraising: £1,000 – Towards safe water in Kenya
Transport: Free transportation to the start area will be provided for the participants on the race day from Taksim, the city centre and from Sultanahmet.
London Heathrow – Istanbul (4h 50m)
Istanbul – London Heathrow Airport (3h 15)
Contact: If you have any further questions or queries please contact
Community Engagement Manager
T: 020 7100 4930 M: 07946 382 868 E: [email protected]
Highlights of Istanbul
The Blue Mosque (Called Sultanahmet Cami in Turkish) is a historical mosque in Istanbul. The mosque is known as the Blue Mosque because of blue tiles surrounding the walls of interior design. Mosque was built between 1609 and 1616 years, during the rule of Ahmed I. just like many other mosques, it also comprises a tomb of the founder, a madrasa and a hospice. Besides still used as a mosque, the Sultan Ahmed Mosque has also become a popular tourist attraction in Istanbul.
The Hagia Sophia in its glory was one of the most stunning buildings of its time. It was the centre of Christendom at the then called Constantinople. After the Turkish conquest of Constantinople in 1453, Mehmed II had it repurposed as a mosque, with the addition of a wooden minaret and an incredible chandelier. In 1934 Turkish President Kemal Atatürk secularized the building, and in 1935 it was made into a museum.
The Grand Bazaar in Istanbul is one of the largest and oldest covered markets in the world, with 61 covered streets and over 4,000 shops on a total area of 30,700, attracting between 250,000 and 400,000 visitors daily. In 2014, it was listed No.1 among the world’s most-visited tourist attractions with 91,250,000 annual visitors. The Grand Bazaar at Istanbul is often regarded as one of the first shopping malls of the world.
Safe Water in Kenya
Only half of Nairobi’s three million residents have piped water in their homes, according to the government-owned Nairobi City Water and Sewerage Company (NCWSC). Poorer residents buy water every day from thousands of vendors dotted around the Kenyan capital or hack into NCWSC’s pipes and steal it. Water is often the biggest household expense for Kibera’s 200,000 residents. Most earn less than $1.25 (113 Kenyan shillings) a day and spend up to one-third of this on water.
Most of Nairobi’s slums were built illegally on government-owned land. As a result, they lack roads, water, sewerage and electricity. The landlords who charge rent for rickety mud and corrugated iron homes are reluctant to invest in piped water for tenants. They also resist efforts to upgrade the slums. Dependence on the waterfalls most heavily on women and girls who, culturally, are the ones whose duty it is to fetch water, as well as cook, clean the house, wash clothes and children and care for the sick.
According to the United Nations, in three-quarters of households without a water supply, it’s women and girls who are responsible for collecting it. Carrying heavy water containers which can weigh up to 20kg each, may also directly affect women and girl’s health, causing pelvic deformities that can result in childbirth problems. Reliance on unregulated vendors also takes its toll on the health of slum residents. Water is often contaminated as vendors buy cheap pipes, which break easily and lay them through open drains by the roadside which are full of human waste. Contaminated water is a breeding ground for cholera, dysentery, typhoid and diarrhoea, one of the main killers of children under five, according to the World Health Organization.
Muslim Charity with your help hopes to install a new water supply to the residents of the slums of the Kenyan capital. This will give access to clean water to thousands of families and help improve the lives of all that reside within these slums.