2020 edition of the Rio Marathon has a virtual version due to Covid-19

Performed by: Rio Marathon

Country: Brazil

In March 2020, the Rio Marathon was postponed to October, with the expectation that by that date, the Covid-19 pandemic would be under control and the face-to-face test could be carried out.

In July, however, the organisers of the event, after analysing the evolution of the outbreak and the guidelines of the health authorities, announced the running of the 2020 edition of the marathon in a new format, totally virtual.

In the new format, runners can participate in the marathon wherever they are, defining their own route. With 5 km and 10 km, 21 km and the traditional 42 km races, competitors must connect to the Running Heroes platform between October 9th and 12th and complete the chosen mileage.

Before the race, a kit with a t-shirt is sent to the participant’s home and for those who complete the race, the medal is sent to the athlete’s address.

While running, participants also contribute to the fight against the Coronavirus pandemic, because with every kilometre run, a sum of money is donated to Fundação Oswaldo Cruz – FIOCRUZ (a Brazilian research institution that is leading country’s response to the Coronavirus pandemic) to enable treatments and preventative measures to Covid-19.


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Marina Pagel Ferreira

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