Road Races in Brazil

 


Among the races in Brazil, São Silvestre is the most important and traditional. It's held on the streets of São Paulo since 1924 on the last day of the year. 

Well known runners that have run this international race were : Emil Zatopeck, Frank Shorter, Paul Tergat, Carlos Lopes and many others. It's very crowded (about 15,000 runners) and it's good for having fun and celebrating new year's eve running.

Besides São Silvestre, São Paulo has many other great road races (most of then organizaed by Corpore Cluc) with thousands of runners like: "Volta da USP", "São Paulo Classic" and "Pão de Açúcar Marathon Relay". The Marathon Relay was the bigger race in 2001 with more than 15,000 runners.

When most people think of Brazil, it's Rio de Janeiro that comes in mind, isn’t it ? Yes, we have a great here too:  Rio de Janeiro Half-Marathon with more than 10,000 runners. 

Of course you shouldn’t expect a PB in a crowded field as this, however it’s quite fun and has a gorgeous course along the coastline. The best thing about the half-marathon, besides the scenic coastline, is the enthusiastic crowd cheering along the course.

Due to the cooler temperatures in south Brazil, this area hosts several nice races. Maybe the most interesting competition is "Volta à Ilha".

It is a relay 155k race around the gorgeous Santa Catarina Island (where is Florianópolis city)  passing  through beaches, roads, hills, etc.

Other peculiar race is the Rio Grande Super Marathon 50k, where the runners race the last 8k on the beach.

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