The Rei e Rainha do Mar or King and Queen of the Sea open water race took place on December 9th and 10th. The race is one of the world’s most renowned, drawing thousands of eager swimmers to the world famous Copacabana Beach. It is a part of a two race series, the other race takes place in the spring and last year took place March 12th 2017 in Arpoador Leblon beach in Rio de Janeiro.
The race has many exciting different events all wrapped into the two days; a beach run, sprint 1km swim, beach biathlon, classic 2.5km swim, challenge 5km swim, super challenge 10km swim, SUP race of 2, 4, and 8km, beach run kids 100, 300, 600m runs and the kids swimming of 100, 200 and 400m sea swims.
The events take place on the beautiful beaches of Copacabana, which is one of the most widely sought out beaches in all of Brazil. Host to the 2016 Olympic Beach Volleyball Arena venue and one of the most world renowned promenades created by 1930’s artist Roberto Burle Marx, which reflects the waves of the sea of Copacabana. Copacabana is also the longest city beach in all of Rio, spanning 4km in length, and is considered to be “Rio’s beach” for both locals as well as tourists to the area.
The results of each of the various races can be found on the website of Circuito Petrobaras – Rei e Rainha do Mar website, and also by clicking here. Results and Rankings are being added to the GSS website as well.