Paralympic Torch passes by the city’s shoreline before the Opening Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games

The Relay will pass by the beaches of Recreio, Barra da Tijuca, Leblon, Ipanema and Copacabana

Prior to its arrival at Maracanã Stadium to be the start of the Opening Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, the Paralympic flame will get to know some of the city’s postcards. The relay has travelled since September 1st through all of the country’s regions, represented by six Brazilian cities, to announce the arrival of the Rio 2016 Games. The Paralympic values will be remembered at each city. The great novelty is the flame’s lighting up mechanism: human heat. In a virtual campaign launched by the Rio 2016 Committee, people from all over the world may send positive messages, through the hashtag #ParalympicFlame, gathering enough energy to light up each flame.

  • After spending the night at the Museum of Tomorrow, a landmark of the revitalization of Rio’s Historical Centre, the Paralympic flame heads for Recreio dos Bandeirantes, in the city’s West District, where the relay will start.
  • Departing from Pontal, the torchbearers will proceed through the whole shoreline, passing by the beaches of Recreio, Reserva and Barra da Tijuca until Praia do Pepê.
  • Names such as singer Herbert Vianna, former football 5-a-side players Sandro Soares and Anderson Fonseca, and the physical therapist Luiz Phelipe Nobre, founder of the NGO Adaptasurf, will carry the Paralympic flame at these stretches. Actor Paulo Vilhena, godfather of the Paralympic team, will also be torchbearer at Barra da Tijuca.
  • From there the Paralympic flame heads for the South District. The relay starts at Leblon and goes until Copacabana.
  • Maestro João Carlos Martins will be one of the torchbearers in Ipanema, and actress Cleo Pires will take the flame to Arpoador. Andrew Parsons, president of the Brazilian Paralympic Committee, will carry the flame until the start of Copacabana.
  • The end of the relay is scheduled for 2:45PM, when the flame will wait for the moment of shining at the Opening Ceremony of the Paralympic Games, in Maracanã.
  • Early in the morning, at 10:00AM, the Paralympic flame will make a visit to the Municipal Rehabilitation Centre, in Santa Cruz.

Schedule of Rio 2016 Paralympic Torch Relay in Rio – Main Retinue

  • 8:00AM Relay -Recreio dos Bandeirantes to Barra da Tijuca
  • 12:30PM - Moving from Barra da Tijuca to Leblon
  • 1:00PM – Relay Leblon to Copacabana
  • 2:45PM – End of the relay in Copacabana

Access here the Municipal Government’s guide on the streets through which the Paralympic Torch Relay will pass by.

Numbers of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Torch Relay in Rio Day 7

187 torchbearers

25.34km travelled by torchbearers

220.76km travelled in total

Check out some of the day’s torchbearers:

Tânia Athayde – She is president of the Rio de Janeiro Apae, which is the first Apae among the more than 2.200 that exist today. With more than 20 years of acting at the area of people with intellectual disabilities in Brazil, she defends their rights and believes that a citizen in its plenitude can only be possible when he has equal opportunities at all areas of society.

Anderson da Fonseca – He came from a poor family of Belford Roxo, in the suburbs of Rio de Janeiro. He became blind aged 3, after a medical error. In love with football, he used to put plastic bags on the footballs to be able to hear them and play along with his cousins at his grandmother’s house, encouraging his dream of becoming a football player for the National Team. It was at the sight disabled institute that he learned about football 5-a-side and got to know the football with rattles. He got to the national team, winning to world championships and a gold medal at the Athens 2004 Paralympic Games. He is one of the founders of Urece, an Ngo that develops works focused on sports and people with sight disabilities.

Luciano Oliveira Alves do Nascimento – He lives in Rio de Janeiro, and became paraplegic aged 15, due to an accident at the beach in Arpoador. Painting appeared at Luciano’s life ina quick, intense and unpretentious way. In 2003, he made his first exposition. The artist’s works have been exposed at several countries in the world.

Juliette Wollif – A congenital disease in the lower part of her right leg pointed to a drastic solution that would change the live of the new-born Rio Woolf. Amputated aged 14 months, the British boy already faced challenges unusual to children his age. Juliette and Trevor Wolf, Rio’s parents, accompanied from nearby the development of their child, who seemed each time unhappier for always being a step behind his friends. Until the arrival of the Paralympic Games to their city. The trail of the athletes who flew  by the lanes of the 100m, 200m and 400m tracks at the athletics competitions at London 2012 drew the boy’s attention, who immediately seized a new dream: to be a Paralympic athlete. Juliette carried the torch representing her son, who will be with her.

Sandro Soares – A Paralympic athlete, he was present at the Athens and Beijing Games, when the Brazilian national football 5-a-side team achieved the gold medal at both occasions. Currently he is president of the Brazilian Confederation of Sports for the Sight Disabled, which gathers three Paralympic sports (goalball, judo and football 5-aside).

Luana Nobre – Native of Paraná and dweller of Rio de Janeiro for 10 years, she is a Physical Education professor graduated by Rio de Janeiro’s Federal University, and associate-founder of AdaptSurf, an institution which freely promotes surfing and accessibility lessons at beaches for people with disabilities.

Luiz Phelipe Nobre – Physical Therapist, surfer and one of the founders of the NGO AdaptSurf, an association without lucrative ends, created in 2007 in Rio de Janeiro, with the goal of promoting social inclusion for people with disabilities by means of direct contact with nature. They have accomplished more than four thousand free adaptive surf lessons, as well as promoting accessibility at beaches, and the sea bath with amphibious wheelchairs for a thousand people with disabilities each year.

Herbert Vianna – Herbert Lemos de Souza Vianna is the vocalist, guitarist, journalist and main composer of the group Paralamas do Sucesso, one of the base-groups of Brazilian rock.

Marcos Lima – Carioca, supporter of Botafogo, journalist. He loves to travel, reading and writing. He lost what there was left of his sight aged 5, due to a congenital glaucoma. A football 5-aside athlete since childhood, he competed at national and international championships for 14 years, including three matches for the national team at an amateur tournament in South Korea. He works for the Organizing Committee of the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games, at the area of Paralympic Integration. He is the author of the Histórias de Cego blog, which tells in a light and fun way the everyday lives of people with sight disabilities.

João Carlos Martins – Regarded by the international press as one of Bach’s greatest interpreters, the maestro collects great awards throughout his career. He did his first recital at Carnegie Hall, aged 21, and played with the biggest American and European Orchestras. A series of issues with his hands had him saying goodbye to his pianist career. But the love for music made him get back to the scene as a conductor, 5 years ago. Leading the Philharmonic Bachiana Orchestra Sesi SP, he has been working in favour of the democratization of culture in the country, brining classical music to the most diverse crowds in all of the country.

About the Rio 2016 Paralympic Torch Relay

Between September 1st and 7th, the Paralympic torch relay will travel through all of the country’s regions, represented by six Brazilian cities, to announce the arrival of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. The great novelty of the Paralympic flame is the lighting-up mechanism: human heat. On a virtual campaign launched by the Rio 2016 Committee, people from all over the world may send positive messages, through the hashtag #ParalympicFlame, gathering enough energy to light up the flames. Each one will represent a Paralympic value: Brasília – equality; Belém – determination; Natal – inspiration; and Joinville – courage. São Paulo will participate with the power of transformation and Rio de Janeiro with passion for sports.


  • 6 Brazilian cities
  • 250 kilometres travelled on the relay
  • 4650 air miles travelled the by the retinue’s airplane
  • 700 torchbearers
  • 28 special visits

For the latest news on the Rio 2016 Paralympic Torch Relay, go to our website and the Rio 2016 Organising Committee’s social network pages at:

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