August 14th, 2022
Countdown At the Bosphorus
Over 2400 swimmers are looking forward to the 34th Bosphorus Cross-Continental Swimming Race to be held on Sunday, 21 August.
Annually staged by the Turkish Olympic Committee since 1989, the event will gather 2441 swimmers from five continents this year. The participants will enter the water in Kanlıca on the Asian side of Istanbul on 21 August and attempt to crossing to the European side where the finish area is located in Kuruçeşme Cemil Topuzlu Park. Depar Timing will provide the timing services for the 6.5km event as well as transmitting the results to the LED screens.
Having been selected the Best Open Water Swimming Race by the World Open Water Swimming Association in 2016, this year’s Bosphorus Cross-Continental Swimming Race received about 2000 domestic applications, and a total of 1243 swimmers were declared eligible to participate following the qualifications races in Ankara, Gaziantep, Izmir and Istanbul. The overseas quota, on the other hand, was filled within 12 hours after the entries opened, and 1198 swimmers from abroad will be travelling to Istanbul.
The participants can collect their race kits that include swimming caps with competition numbers and the timing transponders at the Kuruçeşme Cemil Topuzlu Park from 10:00 to 19:00 on 18-20 August. Kit collection will also be available on the race day between 07:00 and 08:30. The last boat to transport the participants to the start area in Kanlıca is scheduled to leave Kuruçesme at 08:50. The time limit to finish the race is two hours after the last competitor enters the water.
Information on the event and the full list swimmers are posted at https://bogazici.olimpiyatkomitesi.org.tr.
July 24th, 2022
Strokes Heading To Black Sea
Swimming season resumes in Zonguldak. The 3rd edition of the Karadeniz Eregli Open Water Swimming Race is scheduled for 31 July.
The event, where the timing services will be provided by Depar Timing, has initially been limited to 300 participants, however, as the quota was reached in a very short period of time and the demand endured, a total of 354 swimmers were eventually accepted in three races. 143 participants are registered with the 1.5km race while the 3km will see 128 swimmers and the 5km, the longest race of the day, will accommodate 83. All races will start at 10:00 on Sunday, 31 July, with the time limit being 2 hours 30 minutes for all.
Information on the technical and logistical aspects of the Karadeniz Eregli 3rd International Open Water Swimming Race as well as the list of the participants are posted at http://istanbulyildizlar.com.
June 26th, 2022
Depar Timing At Water Sports
Aquathlon and swimming races incorporated in the Istanbul Water Sports Festival will be held on 2 July and 3 July respectively.
The participants of the aquathlon will meet at the Maltepe Orhangazi City Park on Saturday to swim 1km, followed by a 5km run. A prize purse is offered for the top three finishers in “16-18 year-olds” and in the “19 years and over” category. There will also be separate classifications up to 70+ age group.
Swimmers from 12 years of age will be racing over a distance of 1.5km on Sunday morning. The event is limited to 500 participants who are required to complete the race course in one hour at the latest.
Information on the Istanbul Water Sports Festival, where the timing services will be provided by Depar Timing, can be reached at https://spor.istanbul/istanbul-su-sporlari-festivali.
June 9th, 2022
Triathletes To Meet In Beylikdüzü
Istanbul Sprint Triathlon, one of the important events of the season, will be held at Gürpınar race course on Sunday, 19 June.
Jointly organised by the Turkish Triathlon Federation, Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality Directorate of Youth and Sports, Sports Istanbul and the Beylikdüzü Municipality, the event will gather triathletes of 19 years of age and over. The participants will start the day by swimming 750m, followed by 20km cycling and a 5km run. The event offers a prize purse for the top five overall male and female finishers.
Entries for the Istanbul Sprint Triathlon will remain open until midnight on 16 June. Full information is posted at https://spor.istanbul/istanbul-sprint-triatlonu.
Depar Timing is the provider of timing services for the event.
May 8th, 2022
Winners of The Race Without a Finish Line
The Wings For Life Run, held concurrently in various cities of the world, is won by elite athletes both globally and in Turkey.
Jo Fukuda of Japan covered 64.4km to become the overall winner before he was caught by the Catcher Car that took off 30 minutes after the official start of the event. The 32-year-old runner has a marathon personal best of 2:09:52 from 2018. Women’s overall winner was Nina Zarina from the United States of America, also an elite road runner who delivered 2:37:37 and 2:33:22 respectively in the two marathons she ran within a month last year.
İzmir, the host city of the Wings For Life in Turkey, saw the international athlete Üzeyir Söylemez winning the Turkish title with 61.2km, which also ranked him seventh in the world. The four-time national champion triathlete Tuğçe Karakaya became the winner on the women’s side by covering 36.8km.
The timing services at the Wings For Life in İzmir was provided by Depar Timing in cooperation with the German company Datacapo. The global results of the event can be found at www.wingsforlifeworldrun.com.