Rio de Janeiro, Brazil is one of the most visited cities in the Southern Hemisphere. The “marvelous city” (cidade maravilhosa) is home to beautiful beaches such as Copacabana, Ipanema, and Leblon, the Christ The Redeemer statue atop Corcovado Mountain, and Sugarloaf Mountain. Other travelers find themselves in Rio for major events including the 2014 World Cup, 2016 Olympics (both at the Maracanã Stadium), and the annual Carnaval celebration.

The spectacular geography and warm climate make Rio one of the world’s unique running cities. Running highlights include various beach runs, a lagoon loop run with views of the Christ The Redeemer statue, and a route through the quaint neighborhood of Urca and a run up the cobblestone hills of Santa Teresa.

We have also provided a guide to the major Olympics venues. A spectacular new 2.5 mile elevated bike path, the Tim Maia Ciclovia, has been built connecting alongside the coastal expressway between two of the main Olympic centers: the south zone in Lebron, which will stage the rowing and triathlon, and the main Olympic Park in Barra de Tijuca. Unfortunately, a huge wave tore down a section of the path in April 2016. Hopes are it will be repaired in time for the Olympics.

Note: Crime is unfortunately a major issue in Rio. We recommend seeking advice and talking to your hotel in order to learn the right precautions and areas to avoid. Leave the valuables at your hotels and take a partner with you.

In Rio de Janeiro, buses are the main form of public transportation. Nearly 440 municipal bus lines run frequently and serve over four million passengers every day. The system is relatively safe by day but less so at night. Additionally, there are two Metro lines in Rio. The two lines serve the city seven days a week. The first line runs from General Osório in Ipanema to Uruguai Station in Tijuca. The second line runs from Botafogo, sharing ten stations with the first line, terminating at Pavuna in northern Rio. The Metro runs services from 05:00 am to 12:00 midnight, Monday to Saturday, and from 07:00 am to 11:00 pm Sundays and public holidays.
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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

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

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