Look who else joined the American Team in the Bosphorus Cross-Continental Swim

We previously blogged about the US Consulate General in Istanbul joining the Bosphorus Cross-continental Races over the weekend (see US ConGen Istanbul in ’2 Continents 1 Race’ Bosphorus Swim). Here are the swimmers crossing the Bosphorus!

Such a lovely day for a swim, too! You can’t be in Istanbul and not fall in love with the Bosphorus.

Photo via USCG Istanbul/FB
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And you know who else showed up, not just to cheer for the consulate’s team but to join in the swim?

US Ambassador to Turkey Frank Ricciardone with wife, Marie at the Bosphorus Race
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And yes, Consul General Scott Kilner did not just wear the shirt, he also did the race.

USCG Scott Kilner giving the thumbs up sign after the swim
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Tebrikler! Here’s to another race next year! Ιnşallah!

Domani Spero

US ConGen Istanbul in ‘2 Continents 1 Race’ Bosphorus Swim

Tomorrow, July 15th thousands of swimmers will begin the race from one of the famous stops of the BosphorusKanlıca on the Asian side to Kurucesme on the European side for a 6.5kms race-course.

The Bosphorus Cross-continental Races are organized under the auspices of the International Olympic Committee.  When this event started in 1989, it was  apparently participated by 4 female and 64 male athletes but has since grown to become an important part of the Turkish sports tradition.

USCG Istanbul says that “For 24 years, thousands of athletes from around the world and Turkey have been getting together in Istanbul for friendship, to compete, to challenge and discover their limits. The pleasure of making swimming or rowing from Asia to Europe, to experience the exquisite beauties of the Bosphorusl and witnessing the passion of the fans all combine to create this unique event.”

The consulate’s presser says that U.S. Consulate General’s Swim Team will be attending this year’s ‘2 Continents 1 Race’ Bosphorus Swim.

Below is the consulate’s swim team:

US Consulate General Istanbul Bosphorus Swim Team with CG Scott Kilner (with a hat) Photo from USCG Istanbul/FB

Mark Spitz who won seven gold medals at the 1972 Munich Olympic Games, an achievement only surpassed Michael Phelps who won eight golds at the 2008 Olympics will be attending the event.

You go, guys!

İyi şanslar!

Domani Spero