By Oli Bazely, Contributing Reporter
RIO DE JANEIRO - On Sunday July 18th the streets of Rio will once again host the annual Maratona do Rio - The Rio Marathon. The 42.195 km (26 miles and 385 yards) course stretches from Barra da Tijuca in Zona Oeste, along the beaches of Ipanema and Copacabana, to Flamengo.
For most of the 15,000 or so participants (the author included), the marathon will be the culmination of many hard weeks of grinding effort and committed training. For the elite runners, it . . .