Triathlon is becoming an increasingly popular sport around the world, with more events and clubs popping up almost every day, and one country that’s showing plenty of potential is Turkey.


It is already a popular location for competing, especially now some of the European and International events take place there. Now in its fifth year, the European Triathlon Union (ETU) Cup was held in May on the coast in Antalya for the elite men and women, and is scheduled again for 2015.

As well as this, World Triathlon (WTC) events take place across the country. In Alanya the ETU Standard Distance Championships took place last year, and the ITU Triathlon World Cup in September this year, which had a prize purse of $60k (about £38k).

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The domestic tri scene in the Islamic country itself is up and coming in the main cities of Alanya, Antalya, and Istanbul, where the main events are. Ironman have announced a 70.3 event in Antalya due to take place in October next year; expanding the European race series.

However, outside the main cities, other areas lack competition and participants in the sport.