Infographics can be a fun way to look at information at a quick glance. For instance, just look below and you’ll see that the half marathon has been the quickest growing event since the early 2000′s. The information was compiled using a variety of resources, including Runner’s World and Running USA.
What do you think about when hear Rio de Janeiro? Is it the famous Copacabana or Ipanema Beaches? Or possibly Christ The Redeemer Statue?
Or, is your interest in this destination due to the fact that the 2016 Olympic Games that will be held in this beautiful South American city. But, for Michael Messerschmidt of Macungie, it was the Rio Marathon that drew him to the second largest city in Brazil with a population close to seven million people. Running this marathon on July 8 helped Michael get one step closer to his goal of running a marathon on every continent. This annual event includes a marathon, half marathon, and a family marathon. The family marathon is 6 km, 3.6 miles, and encourages parents to run with their children.
According to Michael, “the course was mostly flat and very scenic.” July temperatures in Rio are usually low of 65, high of 78. For marathoners this year, the weather was not as pleasant as the views along the course. This year, runners had to navigate the course in cool temperatures, low 60s, with rain, very heavy at times, and strong gusts of wind. Fortunately, the wind was at the backs of the participants for most of the race.
This is a point to point marathon, so participants have to get transportation to the starting point which is located in Receiro and ends at Flamengo. The first 12 miles take you through some pretty parts of Rio and through a few tunnels, a first for Michael. All marathons have something scenic that runners will always remember. In the Rio Marathon, according to Michael, “it was quite impressive to look up and see the 130’ statue of Christ during the race; I was hoping that He would send me some mojo.” The highlight of this marathon has to be running along Ipanema and Copacabaana beaches. Having this beautiful scenery helped runners take their minds off of the miles that lay ahead and appreciate this spectacular international marathon.