Central/South America

Rio De Janeiro

Includes Routes in Niterói, just across the water

Rio de Janeiro, is the second most populous city in Brazil and sixth most in the Americas. It’s a popular visitor destination, owing to its setting on the west Atlantic Ocean with surrounding mountains, famous beaches, and festive atmosphere. The beauty and and warm, sunny climate make for some wonderful running in Rio, particularly in some of the scenic waterfront areas.

In the Centro area, running highlights include wonderful waterfront paths anchored by Flamengo Beach, and a ‘runseeing‘ tour showcasing the city’s architectural & historic highlights. Other beach areas that are great for running include Copacabana, Ipanema, & Barra. The Lagoa route is a path around a lagoon with great views of the iconic Christ The Redeemer. Head to the lovely Urca neighborhood for a run skirting the base of Sugarloaf Mountain, with gorgeous Bay views. On a hot day, we recommend the lush canopy of the Bosque da Barra. We’ve also designed route showcasing the venues of the 2016 Olympics, including the Maracara Stadium & Quinta da Boa Vista and the Parque Olímpico Area. The Tim Maia Ciclovia, is an elevated bike path along the rocky coast. And for even more beachfront running and great views, we have two routes in Niterói, just across the water by ferry.

Some notes about running in Rio: Buses are the main form of public transportation, though there are also two Metro lines. Rio’s weather is consistently warm to hot and humid, and there can be periods of heavy rain. Also, crime is an issue in Rio — use the right precautions.

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Rio’s climate is warm to hot and humid. Temperatures don’t vary much throughout the year. Winter high temps average around 80F (26C) and summer closed to 90F. Nights stay warm and humid, with temps rarely dropping below 60F. There can be periods of heavy rain, especially from December to March. Due to Rio’s location near the equator, day length is relatively consistent throughout the year. Be careful of the heat and humidity, especially at the height of the day.rio-de-janeiro-climate-graph

Rio is divided into Zona Norte (north zone), Zona Sul (south zone), Centro (center), and suburbs. Most of the hotels are located in Zona Sul. This area is known for the beaches and is focused on tourism. The majority of running routes are accessible from this area. However, Centro also has a plethora of hotels. The center of the city is a must, for its historical importance. Walking around Centro. you will experience a great mixture of old and new architecture, and see beautiful churches. The most important museums in the city are here. The Flamengo, and Centro — Lapa — Santa Teresa routes begin from this part of town.rio-stay

Run Shop Leblon. Run specific store

Nike Running Store Ipanema. Hosts group runs (sign up online).

Asics Barra da Tijuca.

Satiko Sports Barra da Tijuca. Specialized in shoes for every sport.

Centauro Multiple Locations. Large Sports Store

Kadinho Sports Running Barra da Tijuca.

Deny Sport Barra da Tijuca. Sporting goods store

Rio has a very active running community and that leads to frequent running events!

Events Calendars #1. Events Calendar #2

Major Rio Running Events

Rio Marathon May. Marathon, Half Marathon and 6km Family Run.

Run the Night 10K November. A 10K (also 5K) with a playful environment including music, entertainment and many friends. It is the event for you to enjoy the Saturday night in a different way!

Race Venus October. Offers 5K, 10K and 15K. Venus is the biggest race for women in Brazil and one of the world’s large