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By Chesney Hearst, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – An estimated three thousand swimmers, joggers, stand up paddlers, triathletes and their supporters were in attendance as the first stage of the 2013 Circuito Rei e Rainha do Mar (King and Queen of the Sea) took over the beaches of Leblon, Ipanema and Arpoador on Sunday, March 3rd.

Now in its fifth year, the beach sports festival is held in three stages on various beaches throughout the city. Each stage this year consists of . . .

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