Hot on the heels of Russia adding the major: “The TYR Champions Cup” in Moscow and Italy adding the spectacular: SWIMTHEISLAND – Bergeggi and SWIMTHEISLAND – Sirmione to the Global Swim Series, we now have Brazil adding a 4th world-class open water race: The King and Queen of the Sea.
Although the headline event of this beach festival is certainly swimming, it does include several other large and fun events too, including: SUP races, beach running races and biathlon (swim-run) races too.
Since its founding in 2009, the race has continued to grow dramatically. It has grown with the help of enthusiastic Brazilian swimmers and swimmers from all over the world that come just for this race. But it has also grown in the Elite swimming circles too. It has become one of the top Elite swimming races in the world, with Olympians and other world-class swimmers travelling from all over the world to take part in this incredible event.
Over the years, the Elite King and Queen of the Sea Challenge has had a distinguished presence on Copacabana Beach, among them: Australian Trent Grimsey, French Oussama Mellouli, Brazilians Poliana Okimoto and Ana Marcela Cunha, American Aaron Peirsol, British Keri – Anne Payne and many others.
Although a large part of what makes this one of the most spectacular open water swimming races in the world is the size of the race and the elite swimmers that attend, it is also the location. The race is held on one of the most famous beaches in the world: Copacabana Beach in the heart of Rio de Janeiro, the site of the 2016 Olympics.
So whether you want to swim in one of the largest swim races in the world, or swim against some of the fastest swimmers in the world, or would like to try some other beach sports, or if you just want to tag along and get some sun and do some people-watching on one of the most famous beaches in the world… there is most definitely something for absolutely everyone.