Yarislari or Samsung Boğaziçi Kıtalararası Yüzme Yarışı, in Turkish or the Bosphorous Strait Swim) is one of the World’s Top 100 Open Water Swims, one of the Top 50 Open Water Swims In Asia, and one of the World’s Top 100 River Swims.
It 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. The competition started in 1989 with 68 swimmers and has recently grown to 4,892 applicants for the 2,200 available spots.