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Saint Silvester Race Runners - Angel

An angel is a supernatural being found in many religions. They typically act as messengers from God, a medium of God's power; they exist to execute God's will. Angels reveal themselves to individuals as well as to the whole nation, to announce events, either good or bad, affecting humans. Angels foretold to Abraham the birth of Isaac, to Manoah the birth of Samson, and to Abraham the destruction of Sodom. Guardian angels were mentioned, but not, as was later the case, as guardian spirits of individuals and nations. God sent an angel to protect the Hebrew people after their exodus from Egypt, to lead them to the promised land, and to destroy the hostile tribes in their way. This angel was sent to tell us that a heavy rain was about to fall over us at Saint Silvester Race, but only a few believed him. :)

The Saint Silvester Marathon is the oldest and most prestigious street race in Brazil. Regarded as the main international event in Latin American athletics, the marathon 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.

Although it is named a marathon, the course is only 15 km (9.3 miles) long, less than half the length of a marathon. For this reason, the Organizing Committee has been referring to the event as "The Saint Silvester Race", thus avoiding the word "marathon". Tradition and force of habit still dictates the traditional name, and many people, as well as part of the media, continue to refer to it as the "Saint Silvester Marathon". No direct effort has been made to correct the nomenclature of the race.

Cásper Líbero, a "media millionaire" of the early 20th century Brazil, is credited with originally coming up with the idea for the race. He used it as a means of promoting his newspaper. In 1928, the year of the race's 4th edition, he founded one of the first sports newspapers of the country, the "Gazeta Esportiva" (the "Sportive Gazette"), which then became the race's official organizer and sponsor. The race would be the main advertising element of this sports newspaper.

The marathon was held for the first time on December 31, 1925, which makes it 82 years old as of 2006. An interesting fact is that, unlike most events as old or older, it has not been interrupted or suspended even once during its history, not even for the duration of WWII.

(text from wikipedia)

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