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Old January 1st, 2011, 01:44 AM   #1
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Brazilians say goodbye to the year 2010 running at the traditional Saint Silvester Internacional Road Race in São Paulo!

The Saint Silvester Road Race (official name in Portuguese: Corrida Internacional de São Silvestre) is a long-distance running event, the oldest and most prestigious street race in Brazil.

Regarded as the main international event in Latin American athletics, the Brazilian competition is held yearly in the city of São Paulo on December 31. This day is Saint Silvester's Day, as it is the day in which the Catholic saint, who was a Pope, died in the 4th century of the Christian Era.

São Paulo's race was originally known as a "marathon", although the course of the race, whose length has varied considerably over the years, was never that of a full marathon. Because of that, the organization eventually dropped the term "marathon", starting to refer to the event as a "race", "international race" or "road race". There was never an official effort on the part of the organization to address the change in the nomenclature, which causes many, including some media outlets[1], to continue using the term "Saint Silvester Marathon" when referring to the event. Its course is only 15 km (9.3 miles) long, less than half the length of a marathon but the race is made more difficult by the intense heat of the Brazilian summer and the geographical obstacles that have to be surmounted by the athletes.

For the first race, in 1925, 60 people filled applications to participate, but only 48 actually showed up on the day of the race. Of these, only 37 were officially qualified, since the rules then required that all runners had to finish within 3 minutes of the winner in order to qualify in the final board.

In 2004, 13,000 men and 2,000 women participated in their respective events.

Although the event had been open since 1945, it would become a noteworthy affair in the international calendar only in 1953, when the most famous runner of the time (and arguably of all time), Emil Zátopek, participated and won the race. In recent times, the foremost long distance runners of the last two decades (almost all of them, with the exception of Haile Gebrselassie of Ethiopia) have participated at least once in the event.

The principal winner of all times is now Paul Tergat, of Kenya, who has won the race 5 times (1995, 1996, 1998, 1999 and 2000). He also holds the record time for the present distance of 15 km, having won his very first race in São Paulo with a time of 43 minutes and 12 seconds.

font: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Silvester_Road_Race


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Old January 1st, 2011, 01:51 AM   #2
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Great pics Tchello , Sampa is the best City
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Old January 1st, 2011, 03:18 AM   #3
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Well done Tchello
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Old January 1st, 2011, 05:52 AM   #4
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Old January 1st, 2011, 09:15 AM   #5
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Old January 1st, 2011, 12:16 PM   #6
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Great and very nice photos, tchelllo well done
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