With annual World and European Cups, and the European Championships in 2013, the Olympic-distance side of triathlon has established itself a foothold in Turkey. For athletes going longer, however, the tri scene has long been berefit of races.
That’s all set to change on 25 October when the Ironman juggarnaut rocks up in Turkey for the first time when it arrives at the Gloria Hotels & Resorts complex in Antalya.
The Gloria Ironman 70.3 Turkey was launched at the Ironman Worlds in Hawaii last year, with organisers expecting more than 2,500 participants from over 50 nations in the 1.9km swim/90km bike/21.1km run event.
The race organisers are promising stunning nature, turquoise sea and historical sites in Antalya and Belek. The swim start and T1 will take place at Belek beach, with T2 set in the newly-opened sports complex of the Gloria Sports Arena. The race organiser is the Gloria Hotels & Resorts and guests can be accommodated in the Gloria Hotels and Resorts.
The calm Mediterranean Sea of the Turkish Riviera hosts the 1.9km swim, the 90km bike leads through scenic countryside, canyons, sea views of the Med, and some of the best amphitheatres of the Roman era including Aspendos. The 21.1km run passes the picturesque landscape of the 45-hole golf course of the Gloria Hotels & Resorts, ending at the finishing line in the new stadium of the Gloria Sports Arena.
The destination of Belek is one of the fastest growing tourism regions of Turkey due to ist good infrastructure and accessibility, and also the mild climate throughout the whole year, which is ideal for athletes. The complex allows professional athletes and amateurs on an area of 105,000 square meters to train more than 50 indoor and outdoor sports.