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The Sao Paulo Saint Silvester Road Race

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The Sao Paulo Saint Silvester Road Race is a running event that takes place in Sao Paulo, Brazil, every year on December 31st.

History of the Sao Paulo Silvester Road Race

The history of this prestigious Brazilian running event goes back to the early twenties of the last century. Casper Libero, a media mogul, came up with the idea of organizing a race. He used it as a vehicle to promote his newspaper.

Originally, only men from Sao Paulo could participate in the Sao Paulo Silvester Road Race, but in the years to follow, runners from all over Brazil could participate. In 1945, they also opened up participation in the race to foreign runners. However, it still took until 1975, the Unesco Year of the Woman, until a Sao Paulo Silvester Road was organized that was also accessible to female runners.

Popular running event in Sao Paulo, Brazil

The race is a 15 kilometer (9.3 mile) course that starts and finishes in the Brazilian city of Sao Paulo. The Corrida Internacional de São Silvestre, as it is called in Portuguese, is well-organized by the Sao Paulo Athletic Association and has been held every year since 1970. The Sao Paulo Saint Silvester Road Race is a popular running event for runners of all levels and ages in Brazil, with over 10,000 runners typically participating each year.

Over the years, the Saint Sylvester Road Race has had famous winners. Well-known athletes Paul Tergat, Kibiwott Kandie and Brigid Kosgei from Kenya, and Wude Ayalew from Ethiopia were the first to cross the finish line in the streets of Sao Paulo.

Runners wearing customes and decorations 

The race has a festive atmosphere, with many runners wearing costumes and festive decorations. The course winds through the streets of downtown Sao Paulo, and features a number of challenging hills. The race is a challenging course, but it is also a great way to ring in the New Year.

If you are looking for a fun and challenging running event to close out the year, then the Sao Paulo Saint Silvester Road Race is a great option.

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