than 10,000 runners took part, but beyond the numbers there
was an incredible atmosphere with great streetside support.
The main objective was not just participant
numbers, but to attract young people into the sport, and this
effort will be redoubled next year. Corpore president David
Cyntrynowicz said: "Today's idea will be taken forward
into our future events. We aim to preserve our physical and
social environments through events like these."
8th edition of the race was the first to offer monetary rewards
to all categories, including young runners and wheelchair
categories. "It was a victory for everyone" said
Fernando Aranha Rocha, who won the wheelchair event in 1:00:07.
People came to run from all over the country. The race organisers
provided accommodation for many competitors, which was greatly
appreciated. Erinelda da Silva was the only female wheelchair
competitor, and it was her first visit to Sao Paulo. She dedicated
the occasion to her two children - even though she had hoped
for a better time.
wheelchair race set off at 07.40, together with the female
elite. The elite men and the mass race followed at 08.00.
Runners set a fast pace from the start. The eventual winner,
Franck Caldeira, who also won in 2003, 2004 and 2005, forced
the pace between 14-15km and took a commanding lead, sufficient
to secure him his fourth victory. "This was a fast training
run" he claimed at the finish, "because next week
I will run in the Sant Antonio Marathon in Padua (ITA)".
Even so, it was his fastest time in this race. "If it
wasn't for the coming marathon I would have gone after the
course record" he said.
the women Marcia Narloch, who had been third in 2005, gave
no chance to anyone. Strong from the start, Narloch front-ran
to victory by a margin of 90 seconds. Priscah Jeptoo, running
this event for the first time, took second place. Prize money
was awarded to the top 10 men and women, to a total value
of R$ 27,000.
categories are another important aspect to the race. "Prize
money is important" said Maria de Fatima Pessoa de Souza,
winner in the 50-54 age group. A regular placer in the Corpore
rankings, she travels from Rio de Janeiro to compete. "I
got here today at 04.30. I come here from Rio because the
organisation is superlative - they respect us runners."
she said. She arrived by bus with 47 others from Rio de Janeiro.
The only octagenarian runner, Joao Rosario,
was also emotional at the award ceremony. "Each time
I mount the podium I give thanks" he said - although
he was using the event as preparation for a marathon.
A 6km fun run was also held in conjunction
with the main event.