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Use Marriott Points for A Great, Complete Rio Marathon Package – with Hotel Stay and Even VIP/Elite Treatment for 2!

Written by Charlie

Use your Marriott points to run the Rio Marathon, half marathon or a 10K/5K! With that package comes your entry, hotel stay, transportation to the race, and elite treatment! A great deal for a winter marathon – in the middle of our summer!

If you are looking around for a summer marathon, why don’t you make it a winter marathon instead by heading south of the equator? The Rio Marathon is taking place in June and Marriott wants to help you cover all of your bases for it with using just Marriott points.

Use Marriott Points for a Great, Complete Rio Marathon Package – with Hotel Stay, and More

This package was offered last year by SPG Moments but just for the 10K and 6K. This year, you can get the full marathon or the half marathon or a 10K/5K package. Both the marathon and half marathon packages include the same exact things (except for the race entry – each is for their own race) and here is what the packages have (link for the half marathon package | link for the full marathon package):

  • A three-night stay at the Sheraton Grand Rio
    • checking in 20 June and checking out 23 June 2019 for the half marathon
    • checking in 21 June and checking out 24 June 2019 for the full marathon
  • Transportation to and from the event
  • VIP Access to the 21k Marathon (or marathon) on 22 June (June 23 for the marathon)
  • Customized event shirt
  • VIP area at race starting area with exclusive restrooms and storage area
  • Race start with elite runners
  • VIP area access at race finish
  • Package is for two people

The bidding on both packages is starting (and currently at) 40,000 points and ends April 19th.

All told, that is a pretty nice package, though I am not quire sure what I think about them making available the start with the elite runners. I just hope they keep the winner of these packages away from interfering with those elites, but that is certainly one cool start position! If that was me, I would definitely want a photo of that! 🙂

Here is what the 10K/5K package has:

  • A three-night stay at the Sheraton Grand Rio, checking in 21 June and checking out 24 June 2019
  • Transportation to and from the event
  • Your choice of running the 5k or 10 k race on 23 June
  • Package is for two people

The bidding on this one is currently at 32,500 Marriott points and ends April 19th.


When this auction ends, the winner would still have 8 weeks before the marathon. That is plenty of time to get ramped up in a training program (if you start now, even better). That this auction comes with a 3 night stay and all of this for 2 runners is a really great deal! Of course, you still need to get there but that shouldn’t be a problem with miles. 🙂

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Charlie has been an avid traveler and runner for many years. He has run in marathons around the world for less than it would cost to travel to the next town - all as a result of collecting and using miles and points. Over the years, he has flown hundreds of thousands of miles and collected millions of miles and points.
Now he uses this experience and knowledge to help others through Running with Miles.