Travessia dos Fortes

Travessia dos Fortes

Over 2,500 swimmers start together in the world's largest single mass start

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Travessia dos Fortes

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Travessia dos Fortes – Praia de Copacabana is a popular open water swimming competition held at Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro that was established in 2001 by the Brazilian Army. It is a 3.8 km course with the start at Forte de Copacabana and the finish at Forte do Leme. It is one of the World’s Top 100 Open Water Swims.


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