The changes were made taking into account the judicial interdiction of the Niemeyer Avenue. The races take place on June 22nd and 23rd
The Rio Marathon, the largest race festival in Latin America, announced on Tuesday, 11, modifications in the course of the Olympikus Half Marathon (21k) and the Cosan Rio Marathon (42k). The changes were necessary due to the judicial interdiction of the Niemeyer Avenue, by a request from the Public Prosecutor, after the consecutive incidents of landslides on the road.
In its 18th edition, the Rio Marathon claim that it has spared no effort to ensure commitment to the safety and experience of its runners above all and reinforces that all modifications have been made with the least possible impact for the runners and for the city, guaranteeing the quality and performance of the races.
“We can’t let the runners take any risks or wait for changes in court decisions. We are not sparing efforts to give the best experience for the runners and the city. We know the effort and dedication of those who will run in the our events”, says Claudio Romano, CEO of Dream Factory, that organizes the race together with Spiridon Eventos.
Rio Marathon organization worked together with the public agencies (City Hall of Rio de Janeiro and CET-Rio) to define the modifications. The courses were checked and approved by the IAAF. The final results continue to be used as index for other competitions.
For those who will run the 42k, on June 23rd, the start, which was previously at Praia do Pontal, Recreio, will now be at Aterro do Flamengo. After the start, the runners will head towards the city center, remiding a historical course, which was also a part of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Then the runners will pass by Marina da Glória, Monumento dos Pracinhas, Praça XV, Igreja de São José, Candelária, Olympic Torch, Historical Center and Olympic Boulevard maintaining the tradition of Rio Marathon of running by the city postcards. The race then returns to Aterro, towards Copacabana and Ipanema until a turn at the end of Leblon beach, to return towards Aterro once again, also passing by Leme in the way back.
In the Half Marathon, which will take place on June 22nd, the start will be made at the end of Leblon beach and will take a course already known by the runners and used in other races. The athletes will pass by Leblon, Ipanema, Copacabana, Historical Center and then return to Aterro do Flamengo. With the modifications, the altimetry of the race decreases.
“Our biggest commitment is to ensure the technical quality of the runners, a trademark of the Rio Marathon in all those years. We have changed the course to ensure the safety of the runners, but we have not lost the excellence and the essence of the event. The new routes will explore different postcards of the city, maintaining the quality of the race. This is the 18th edition of the event and we are sure to be writing together another successful chapter in this story”, said João Traven, a partner at Spiridon Eventos.
With the changes in the course, the starts will be advanced, thereby minimizing the impact on traffic. The Marathon start will be at 5:30 a.m. and the Half Marathon at 6:30 a.m., in “waves” until everyone starts running.
The short distance races (5k and 10k) still begin at Aterro do Flamengo, starting at 8 a.m. The two races departure near Barão do Flamengo and Almirante Tamandaré streets on the closest lane to the sea, towards Zona Sul – Centro. The 5k goes until MAM and then returns, while the 10k will return in the tunnel Marcelo Alencar.
The Maratoninha Gloob also remains at Aterro do Flamengo, with start times starting at 8 a.m.
All information about the event can be found in the official channels of the Rio Marathon:
Saturday – June 22nd, 2019
Olympikus Half Marathon (21k) and Maratoninha Gloob
Sunday – June 23rd, 2019
5k, 10k and Cosan Rio Marathon (42k)