With an estimate of over 500 SWIMRUN races to choose from all year round, the adventurous-at-heart not only get the opportunity to explore their personal limits but also explore new destinations.
One such SWIMRUN adventure destination is the beautifully challenging rugged terrain of the Aegean Coast in Turkey – offering undulating ascents and downhills, exceptionally clear turquoise waters as well as historic sites, famous beaches and hidden villages.
As Turkey’s third-largest city on the Aegean coast, İzmir is a renowned holiday destination with ideal water for swimming and various villages on the coast for relaxation. Thanks to the local municipality of
İzmir, this coastal region took ocean conservation into their own hands from 1960 to 2000 with the Big Gulf Project. Various species of seahorses, starfish, shrimps, fish and algae life are bringing colour back to the gulf as levels of dissolved oxygen rise in the water.
Ismail Yetişkin, the mayor of the centre town, Seferihisar within the İzmir province – is a pioneer in this regard and take ecological consciousness and sustainable tourism very seriously. Mayor Ismail is excited to support this one-of-a-kind eco-race focused on ocean health, especially within the scope of their recent project ‘END PLASTIC’. It is refreshing to see how political leaders such as Mayor Yetişkin realise that Turkey is a key country for global biodiversity conservation as a result of its location.
The EPICBLUE SwimRun endurance race will take place 24 July 2021 in the area of İzmir and will not only be bringing 100 to 300 athletes around the world to the region but also our fellow partners such as Plastic Oceans and local NGOs (organisations focused towards the prevention of and the solution for plastic pollution).
The Meridian Adventure Race EPICBLUE Series was founded with the sole purpose to utilise a collective of outdoor enthusiasts to help amplify the cause of creating thriving oceans – and that is the reason why we are hoping to encourage ocean education through various activities with the local communities and government.
İzmir, Turkey’s historic coastline grants participants the opportunity to glide through turquoise waters of the bay before facing pine tree hillsides, rocky avenues and tangerine gardens. The local community is vibrant, relaxed and follow a ‘live-and-let-live’ culture that values family, community and good old-fashioned fun. We hope to be seeing you there!