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2021 Mediterranean Peace Route with 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) along with escort canoeists Mustafa Sarasan and Guntulu Yalcin
2020 Peace Route Swim (Mediterranean Peace Route) relay members

The Mediterranean Peace Route (or the Peace Route Swim or the Swim from Mersin to Girne - 90K or the Swim from Girne to Mersin - 90K) is a relay between Girne to Mersin in Turkey that celebrates World Peace Day on 1 September. The 2019 Swim from Mersin to Girne was a 90 km relay from Turkey to Northern Cyprus. The 2020 Peace Route Swim was a 91.27 km (48 nautical miles) 9-person relay in the opposite direction. The 9 swimmers started at the Mersin Taşucu Harbor in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus and finished on the Turkish mainland in the town of Silifke in Mersin.

2019 Swim from Mersin to Girne[edit]

On 1 September 2019, a group of Hacettepe University swimmers completed the Swim from Mersin to Girne - 90K from Mersin to Girne. The swimmers included Erman Akkaya, Temel Yaki, Boran Karataş, Emin Aydin Yağmurlu, Mustafa Şakir Başaran, Mehmet Hilmi Soylu, Zafer Özdem, Deniz Kayadelen, Pelin Çelik, Nukhet Atilgan, Burçak Tümay Pekel, and Murat Meto (47).

2020 Swim from Mersin to Girne[edit]

On 2-3 September 2020, Erman Akkaya (55), Temel Yakşi (60), Nükhet Atilgan (46), Mehmet Hilmi Soylu (43), Pelin Çelik (48), Zafer Özdem (60), Deniz Kayadelen (33), Burçak Tümay Pekel (33), and Murat Meto (47) completed a 91.27 km (48 nautical mile) 9-person relay that started at the Mersin Taşucu Harbor in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus and finished on the Turkish mainland in the town of Silifke in Mersin. The relay took 37 hours 30 minutes and was part of World Peace Day on 1 September 2020. The team started on 2 September 2020 at 4:20 am and finished on 3 September 2020 at 5:50 pm as the 9 swimmers each completed four one-hour legs in rotation.

2021 Mediterranean Peace Route[edit]

The Mediterranean Peace Route started at Tasucu in the Republic of Turkey on 31 August and finished 27 hours later in Kyrenia/Girne in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus on 1 September 2021 (World Peace Day), organized by Hacettepe University Youth and Sports Club Master Swimming Team. The goal was to demonstrate that the Mediterranean Sea is a place where individuals can swim in peace and safety. The swimmers included 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) along with escort canoeists Mustafa Sarasan and Guntulu Yalcin.

2020 WOWSA Awards[edit]

The Peace Route Swim was nominated for the 2020 WOWSA Awards in the World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year category with the following nomination: Nine swimmers, ages 33 to 60, from Turkey took on an ambitious goal: to swim 91.27 km from Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus to the Turkish mainland. This was the first time this route had ever been attempted. Along the 37 hour 30 minute relay crossing in the Mediterranean Sea, Erman Akkaya (55), Temel Yakşi (60), Nükhet Atilgan (46), Mehmet Hilmi Soylu (43), Pelin Çelik (48), Zafer Özdem (60), Deniz Kayadelen (33), Burçak Tümay Pekel (33), and Murat Meto (47) encountered much marine life including sharks, while facing warm water and air. They laughed and they worried. They relaxed and they stressed out with the vastly dynamic sea conditions, ranging from a calm sea and tranquil conditions during the daytime hours to challenging turbulent conditions over a long night of uncertainty. For pioneering a new relay swim route from Northern Cyprus to the Turkish mainland, for bringing together young and older swimmers of both genders and various speeds in a successful relay, and for swimming for and celebrating peach through the expression of open water swimming on World Peace Day, the Peace Route Swim by nine swimmers of Turkey is a worthy nominee for the 2020 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year.

2021 World Open Water Swimming Event of the Year Nomination[edit]

The swi was nominated for the 2021 World Open Water Swimming Event of the Year Award. The winners and nominees included:

Winner: Maratona del Golfo Capri-Napoli (Italy)
First Runner-up: Irish Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming (Ireland)
Second Runner-up: Mediterranean Peace Route (Cyprus-Turkey)
4. Authentic Marathon Swim (Greece)
5. Asociación Mexicana de Aguas Abiertas (Mexico)
6. Tampa Bay Frogman Swim (USA)
7. Strait of Bonifacio (Italy-France)
8. Around-Coronado Swim (USA) tie
8. DC Marathon Swim (USA) tie
10. Olympic 10K Marathon Swim (Japan)
11. Rottnest Channel Swim (Australia)
12. Wörthersee Swim Austria (Austria)
13. Race For The Conch Eco-SeaSwim (Turks & Caicos)
14. Trans Tahoe Relay (USA)
15. Perhentian Island Marathon Swim (Malaysia)

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