Make your best time in 6 cities with street races in the country

Tourism and quality of life can go together. In Brazil, you choose the scenario you want to have while exercising.

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Imagine competing in races on the beautiful boardwalks of Rio de Janeiro or the capitals of the Northeast, or even taking in the view of famous Brazilian parks like Ibirapuera, in São Paulo. The racing circuit in Brazil can combine physical activity and tourism in a single trip. Enjoy to know beautiful tourist attractions and still put the heart in the day.

Some Brazilian cities became known for their marathons and entered the national calendar of street races in Brazil, with the participation of professional and amateur athletes. See the main destinations that offer the best racing activities in the country.

Marathon of Rio de Janeiro

The competition, which starts at “Recreio dos Bandeirantes” and ends at “Aterro do Flamengo,” has a beautiful route along the edge of the Marvelous City, passing the beaches of “Barra da Tijuca,” “São Conrado,” “Leblon,” “Ipanema,” “Copacabana,” “Botafogo” and “Flamengo”. With an average distance of 42 km almost all plane, is a great option for those who are debating in the distance. For those who are not ready, there is the option of the half-marathon.

The São Silvestre Running, in São Paulo

In the middle of the celebrations of a new year, the people of the city of São Paulo learned to live with another party: The São Silvestre Running. The most traditional race event in Brazil brings together thousands of Brazilians and foreigners through the streets of the city of São Paulo, every year, on December 31st. Early on, the streets of the city announce the show, especially the Paulista Avenue, the arrival and departure point of all runners participating in the running. It is a technical test, with many oscillations and curves, which requires a good preparation of the athletes.

“Volta ao Lago,” in Brasília

The route consists of taking a complete tour of Lake Paranoá, known as the heart of Brasília. The athletes cover about 100 km, divided in 14 stretches from 4 km to 10 km, with varied floors. You can run alone or in teams of two to eight members.

The Half-Marathon of Cataratas, in Foz do Iguaçu

It is one of the most beautiful competitions in Brazil, a true celebration of nature in the Iguaçu National Park, in the city of Foz do Iguaçu, in Paraná. Considering the 21 km, nine are crossed by the Cataratas Highway and 12 inside the Park, with the arrival next to the famous “Cataratas do Iguaçu”. The path is all on asphalt, with steep climbs between the 4th km and the 9th km.

“Volta da Pampulha,” in Belo Horizonte

With medium distances, the test serves as a test for those who still do not feel ready to face a half-marathon. The route, around the Pampulha Lagoon, is woody and practically flat. There is a slight rise at the start of the race and small elevations between the middle and the end of the route. The running leads to several points of the Pampulha Complex, prepared by the architect Oscar Niemeyer. Highlighting also the landscaping of Burle Marx.

“Volta à Ilha,” in Florianópolis

The “Volta à Ilha” Relay is a pedestrian running, in teams, aiming to make a complete lap in the Island of Florianópolis, capital of the state of Santa Catarina. The team can consist of 2 to 12 participants, divided into 18 categories. The degrees of difficulty vary according to the types of terrain, such as trails in the woods, soft sand of beach and dune, beaten ground, asphalt, pavement, slopes and slopes. The course has wonderful scenery. Keeping it free of unwanted waste is a constant demand of the organization during the race, and is a concern of the residents.