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Belek transforms into a Sports Paradise with Gloria Ironman 70.3
The popular Ironman race which is organised in 92 different cities every year, was in Belek of Turkey under the sponsorship of Gloria Hotels & Resorts. Gloria Hotels & Resorts is an investment of Ozaltın Holding.
Belek transforms into a Sports Paradise with Gloria Ironman 70.3

Gloria Ironman 70.3 Turkey finished as the racers arrived at Gloria Sports Arena. 1224 athletes from 60 countries compeleted the race after a 1.9 km swimming leg, 90.2 km biking and 21.2 km running. The youngest athlete was 18 years old while the oldest was 80. a quarter of the athletes were woman.

1.000 volunteers were on duty around the racesourses and the surroundings, in order to support the operation and the athletes. The race which will upgrade Antalya to a sports paradise received great interest and support from the locals. Tens of thousands of people watched the Gloria Ironman 70.3 with a great enthusiasm together with the Gloria family. Turkey followed the race through CNN’s live broadcast.

The Belgian athlete Frederik Van Lierde completed all the racecourses of this most difficult races of the world in 03.53.48 and win the championship cup in Pro Men.. Paul Schuster from Germany was the second with 03.57.53. Patrick Lange from Germany finished the race third with 03.59.50.

Alexandra Tondeur from Belgium completed the racecourses in 04.26.39 and was the first among the Pro Women. Gurutze Frades from Spain followed Alexandra with a degree of 04.28.41. Caroline Livesey from United Kingdom was the third among Pro Women with 04.34.34.

Barlas Kazancı raced under the sponsorship of Gloria Sports Arena. He was the fastest among the Turkish athletes. His degree was 04.28.12.

Treathlete İpek Onaran raced under the sponsorship of Gloria Sports Arena and she achieved a degree of 04.28.12

The CEO of Ironman Europe, Middle East and South Africa, Thomas Dieckhoff completed the Gloria Ironman 70.3 Turket in 06.06.46.

The CNNTürk team, led by Sports Manager Cem Yılmaz, took third place in the teams category.

In January 2015 Özaltın Holding, a pioneer in the Turkish tourism industry,  opened Gloria Sports Arena which is the most comprehensive privately financed sports complex in Turkey and Europe. The sports complex, which accommodates more than 50 disciplines of sports, comprises fields certified and documented to international standards and a sports medicine centre, combining everything athletes need in one place.

The Chairman of the Board of Özaltın Holding, Nuri Özaltın spoke about the Gloria Ironman 70.3 Turkey which took place the first time in Turkey and said: "We, the Özaltın family, always had great interest in sports. We wanted to show our support to sports with our last investment, Gloria Sports Arena. As the main sponsor of the Gloria Ironman 70.3 Turkey, we've pioneered in this, too, as we have with many first in Turkey and our region. The Gloria Ironman 70.3 Turkey is one of the largest sports events brought to Turkey.  From now on, Turkey's tourism hub Antalya will also be known as a sports paradise."

Even though it was held in Turkey for the first time,  the event achieved a large number of participators and thanks to the great weather and admiration towards the courses, it is expected that the number of competitors in the next Gloria Ironman race to take place again next year during this time of the year will be a minimum of 2500.

About Gloria Hotels & Resorts

Gloria Hotels & Resorts is built on a 2,122 m2 area adorned with unique natural beauties where the Taurus Mountains of the Mediterranean starts to rise and, with Gloria Golf Resort in 119, Gloria Verde Resort in 2001 and Gloria Serenity Resort in 2007, it offers an area of living designed with the finest details for comfort. Gloria Serenity Resort offers a privileged holiday with its extraordinary architecture, fine decorations and accommodation options with various ambiances.  You can share unforgettable holiday memories with your family at one of Gloria Golf Resort's amazing 515 rooms, located on a sandy 500 m shore. You can also try out the seawater health and beauty therapies offered at "Asklépion SPA & Thalasso", the spa of Gloria Verde Resort with 293 rooms amidst pine forests. Be sure to savour exquisite flavours of cuisines from all over the world at Gloria Hotels & Resorts' authentically decorated restaurants. Gogi Kids Club offers entertaining activities supervised by professionals for every age group with exciting playgrounds such as Gogi Fun Jungle and VIM (Very Important Minis), Gogi Junior and Gogi Mini, so kids can enjoy their holiday in a safe environment. The Gloria Convention Centre hosts all kinds of seminars, workshops and convention events with its high quality technical substructure and exclusive halls.

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