Brasília, Brazil

Running the Eixo Monumental (Monumental Axis)


The Eixo Monumental (Monumental Axis) is the heart of Brasília’s Federal District and makes for a unique, and in many ways spectacular run. The Eixo is the major east-west political and administrative corridor, consisting of various ministries, national congress, presidential palace, Cathedral of Brasília, the supreme court building and the TV tower. It’s similar in concept to the National Mall in Washington, D.C. It’s not always bucolic, as there are two six-lane roads flanking the Eixo. But there are paths alongside the roads and some park-like sections and gardens in the median. Overall, it’s 10 km one-way from the Military Cathedral of St. Mary to the Bosque dos Constituintes. Just past the National Congress, the Three Powers Plaza has the world’s longest continuously flying flag. On a map, it looks like one can continue past the Bosque all the way to the Paranoá Lake, but it’s a bit of a no-man’s land from a running perspective. Key distances and landmarks are shown in the table below. Run the whole thing or choose a section!

Good side options: Just south of the JK Memorial, there’s a 3 km path around the National Meteorological Institute. Just north of the JK Memorial is Crystals Square, a 32-acre triangular plaza featuring sculptures, reflecting pools & pathways. There’s also a running track. The Parque da Cidade is also accessible near the JK Memorial.



  • Up to 10 km one-way. See table with segment distances
  • Flat
  • Any point. Eastern end is Military Cathedral of St. Mary (Av. Duque de Caxias); Western end is Bosque dos Constituintes
  • Metro: Estação Central stop is at the western end of the Jardim Burle Marx (~mid-way point of Axis)