Mediterranean Peace Route (Cyprus-Turkey) – World Open Water Swimming Association

The nearly 100 km Mediterranean Peace Route was held for the third consecutive year between Turkey and Northern Cyprus. The relay of 18-65 year olds finished in 27 hours.


The Mediterranean Peace Route is a challenging sea swim held in the Mediterranean Sea and organized by the Hacettepe University Youth and Sports Club Master Swimming Team. Each year, the route is slightly longer in the vastly dynamic conditions. The aim is to celebrate peace through the expression of open water swimming on World Peace Day.

Why it was nominated

The international team of swimmers started in Turkey and finished 27 hours later in Kyrenia/Girne in Northern Cyprus goal in a demonstration that people can swim in peace and safety. The swimmers included Lisa Pharr, Sebastien Sudrie, Natalia Aleshchenko, Professor Dr. Aydın Yağmurlu, Zeina Hokayem-Lüblan, Vincent Toulto-Belguim, Nukhet Atılgan, Raquel Castro Camarero, Erman Akkaya, Liumila Kokhan, Mehmet Alp Kayaaslan along with escort canoeists Mustafa Sarasan and Guntulu Yalcin.


From the Republic of Turkey to the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus


Swimmers Lisa Pharr (USA-Turkey), Sebastien Sudrie (France), Natalia Aleshchenko (Russia), Professor Dr. Aydın Yağmurlu (Turkey), Zeina Hokayem-Lüblan (France), Vincent Toulto-Belguim (France-Italy), Nukhet Atılgan (Turkey), Raquel Castro Camarero (Spain), Erman Akkaya (Turkey), Liumila Kokhan (Russia), Mehmet Alp Kayaaslan (Turkey) and escort canoeists Mustafa Sarasan and Guntulu Yalcin

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