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Gallipoli Peace Cup

Competition nameGallipoli Peace Cup
Start date20150501
End date20150503
Race typeInternational
Nearest place or cityÇanakkale
Club/organizerTurkish Orienteering Federation
Region of countryGalliboli (Gelibolu), Çanakkale
Number of competition days3
Expected number of runners1000
WRE event?No
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Contact email address
Contact phone number+90 533 3468642
Max distance from eventcentre to competitions50 km
Latest entry date20 April, 2015
Entry fee (Euro)Free of charge
Typical accomodation fee, hotel (Euro)40 Euros
Event descriptionIt was in 1915, 100 years ago, that the Turkish armed forces led by Mustafa Kemal defeated the allies in the battle of Gallipoli. Mustafa Kemal later led the War of Independence which transformed the Ottoman Empire into the modern Turkish Republic in 1923. An outstanding commander as well as a statesman, he was later given the name “Atatürk”, father of the Turks. In 1934 Atatürk wrote a tribute to the Anzacs killed at Gallipoli: "Those heroes that shed their blood and lost their lives... You are now lying in the soil of a friendly country. Therefore rest in peace. There is no difference between the Johnnies and the Mehmets to us where they lie side by side now here in this country of ours... You, the mothers, who sent their sons from faraway countries, wipe away your tears; your sons are now lying in our bosom and are in peace. After having lost their lives on this land they have become our sons as well." As the Turkish Orienteering Federation we devote the Turkish Championships of the 2014-2015 season to all those who lost their lives in those times and introduce another International Orienteering Competition on challenging terrain, the Gallipoli Peace Cup to be held in different regions on either side of the Dardanelles.
Terrain descriptionAll regions to be used will be newly mapped. The terrain is a mixture of open land and forests mostly with good runnability. There are steep ascents and descents in places.
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