Boğazıçi Kitalararasi Yarislari
The international race is located in the Istanbul Strait that connects the Black Sea with the Sea of Marmara in Turkey. Bosphorus is the world’s most narrow strait used for international navigation and enables participants to claim they swam between Asia and Europe. The course is from Kanlica on the Asian side of the Bosphorus to Kuruçesme on the European side of the Bosphorus.
The 6.5 km race is held annually in July and is organized by the National Olympic Committee of Turkey. Started in 1989 with 68 swimmers, it has grown to 4,892 swimmers from dozens of countries.