Mahmut Yavuz (born 1982) is a Turkish Navy officer, who serves, currently as a lieutenant, in the SAT Commando (Underwater Attack) unit of the Marines and Special Forces. He is best known for his successful career as an ultramarathon runner and his indistinct fast speech.
Mahmut Yavuz was born in 1982. At the age of 14, he entered the Naval High School on the island Heybeliada in Istanbul. After finishing the high school, he attended the Naval Academy in Tuzla, Istanbul. He graduated with a BSc degree in computer engineering. He was commissioned as an officer of the SAT Commando (Underwater Attack) at the Turkish Navy Marines and Special Forces, a similar unit to the Underwater Demolition Team of the United States Navy SEALs. As of November 2013, Yavuz has the rank of a navy lieutenant (Turkish: Deniz Yüzbaşısı), and is stationed in Keçilik village at Anadolu Kavağı, Beykoz, Istanbul.
Mahmut Yavuz used to perform running sport already during the high school and academy years participating at competitions. Following his graduation from the naval academy, he began to run half marathons and marathons. In later years, Yavuz got interested in adventure running. In 2012, he debuted in ultramarathon running as he took part at the 130 km (81 mi) İznik Ultramarathon. In order to be prepared for the ultramarathons, he trains around 110–120 km (68–75 mi) within the week. Due to his strict duty times, he participates at the single-stage competitions on weekends, and at multiday races only during his vacation.
He lately ran at ultramarathons with extreme conditions in Turkey, China and Republic of South Africa. Mahmut Yavuz admits that the training in terms of physical and psychological endurance he received during the SAT commando courses is an absolutely significant advantage at this type competitions.
Yavuz won the 2012 İznik Ultramarathon over 126 km (78 mi), and repeated his success by winning the first edition of the six-day Runfire Cappadocia Ultramarathon the same year.
After coming first at the 2013 İznik Ultramarathon again, he became runner-up at the seven-day lasting and 250 km (160 mi) long Gobi March in China, the second event of the 4 Deserts series. Yavuz won the DASK Anatolian Mountain Marathon held at Mount Bolu on July 5–6, 2013 together with his teammate İlyas Avcı. After attesting his first rank at the desert-concept event of Runfire Cappadocia Ultra in 2013, he placed second at the 250 km (160 mi) Kalahari Augrabies Extreme Marathon held on October 19–25, 2013 in the Republic of South Africa.