This is our guide for running around and between Rio’s main Olympic venues. The Olympics were held in August 2016. Venues for the events are clustered around four areas: Barra, Copacabana, Maracanã and Deodoro. The opening ceremony was held at Maracanã Stadium (legendary home of Brazilian soccer). The biggest concentration of events is in Barra. If you want to explore the venues during one of your runs, see the Olympic highlights below. And click on the map.

Map and Info on Venues

Olympic Stadium and Park Run
4.2 miles. Start: São Cristóvão or Maracana subway station. MAP

There is a 1.1 mile path around the Maracara Stadium complex. Joined by a small pedestrian path crossing a busy roadway is a park and green area, site of the Brazil Military Museum, the National Museum of Brazil, Zoological Park, and Templo de Apolo monument.

Tim Maia Ciclovia
2.5 mile one-way elevated bike path, Start: Leblon in East or Barra de Tijuca in West. MAP

The Tim Maia ciclovia (bike path) is part of the city’s efforts to improve transport links before the 2016 Games. It runs alongside the coastal expressway between two of the main Olympic centers: the south zone, which will stage the rowing and triathlon, and the main Olympic Park in Barra de Tijuca. This 2.5 mile elevated bike path winds along the rocky coast, offering panoramic views, making for a great run.

Architecture Loop
5.7 mile loop. Start: National Library. Metro: Carioca. MAP

  • Sambódromo: The traditional stage for samba school parades during carnival, the Sambódromo opens its doors to archery and the marathon for the Rio 2016 Games. Modify the Architecture Loop to check out this site.


The Marina da Glória: The base for the sailing competitions taking place in the waters of Guanabara Bay.

Copacabana to Leme

  • Beach Volleyball Arena: The arena has a centre court for the games, five training courts and two warm up courts. Located on Leme Beach
  • Fort Copacabana: The starting point for some open air competitions, including the road cycling, marathon swimming and triathlon events. Sit at southern end of Copacabana Beach.


  • Pontal: The temporary facility located on the Barra coast is the starting and finishing line for the road cycling time trials and race walking (athletics) competitions.
  • Olympic Golf Course: Built for Rio 2016, where golf returns to the Games after more than a century away, the 18-hole course was landscaped using local, native vegetation as part of an environmental recovery project. The course opens to the public after the event.


  • Lagoa Stadium: The Stadium stages the rowing and canoe sprint events.


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