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What A Race It Will Be – Rio Negro Champions Challenge

Courtesy of Pierre Gadelha, Manaus, Brazil.

Pierre Gadelha is very active on the Brazilian open water swimming scene.

He served as the escort pilot for Jaraqui Elétrico, a 6-person relay that completed the 36 km Travessia do Leme ao Pontal in Rio de Janeiro.

He also serves as the race director of the Rio Negro Challenge Amazonia in Manaus, partly along the Rio Negro Bridge. Manaus is the capital city of the state of Amazonas in northern Brazil.

The Rio Negro Challenge Amazonia includes the 500m Circuito Curumim, the 1.5 km and 3 km Maratona Aquática Amazonas, and the 8.5 km Travessia Almirante Tamandaré.

The second event last year included the 90 km Solidário where two athletes from Manaus – Vitor Gadelha swam 30 km and André Costa ran 60 km – inspired people to collect food for charity institutions and got 3 tons of food donated.

But this year, we will have an even bigger challenge called the Rio Negro Champions Challenge,” explains Gadelha. “It will be a race between the multiple FINA world champion Ana Marcela Cunha and the 2016 Olympic 10 km champion Sharon van Rouwendaal.”

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