We regularly host social events around the world that are fun, casual and welcoming to friends of MySwimPro! You can find the MySwimPro team at a swim meet or triathlon near you, or we might just be in your city one day!

To date we’ve held meetups in New York City, Orlando, Mesa, Indianapolis, and now Istanbul! Every year over 2,400 swimmers from around the world compete in the Cross Continental Swim in Turkey. You can read about the experience of swimming from Asia to Europe here.

Swimming is increasing in popularity in Turkey and races like the Bosphorus swim continue to grow in popularity. Our friends from Swim4Life joined us at the meetup. You can read more about this masters swimming group in Turkey here.

Our meetup in Istanbul took place at a restaurant on the water immediately following the Bosphorus Cross Continental swim near the finishing area in Kuruçeşme park. We played trivia, eat great food and enjoyed Cay on the Bosphorus. Here are some trivia questions from our event:

Question: What was the first year the Bosphorus Cross Continental Swim took place?

Answer: July 23, 1989 (64 Men and 4 Women)

Question: What is the record time for the Bosphorus Cross Continental Swim?

Answer: The course record was set in 2006 by Turkish swimmers Alişan Alaşlı in the men’s category with 39:07.11 and Beren Kayrak in the women’s category with 40:50.35.

Question: How long is the Bosphorus Channel in total?

Answer: 32km

Question: How many ships and oil tankers pass through the Bosphorus every year?

Answer: 50,000 +

Question: How many times has someone won the Bosphorus Cross Continental Swim?

Answer: Hakan Eskioğlu – 10x

Are you interested in having a MySwimPro meetup in your city? Send me an email at fares@myswimpro.com! We’d love to get to know you and the swimmers in your town.

Happy swimming!

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