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