Sunday, February 2, will be the day of another edition of the International Half Marathon of São Paulo. There will be 7,500 runners from all over the country and abroad, who will travel 21,097 meters through city streets, starting and arriving at Charles Miller Square, in front of the Pacaembu stadium. The Half Marathon start schedule will start earlier: 6:28 am, Wheelchair users; 6:30 am, Elite female and male, 6:35 am, other categories and 5K.
This Saturday, February 1st, will be the last chance to remove the participation kit. It will take place from 11 am to 6 pm, at Decathlon Paulista, located at Avenida Paulista, 854, Bela Vista. There will be no delivery of participation kit on the day of the event or after.
The International Half Marathon of São Paulo, in its 14th edition, is one of the main events on the calendar, which enchants with its fast, more linear, technical route and for passing through sections of the Historic Center of São Paulo. For this reason, it has attracted great names of the sport in the fight for the top of the podium. In the 13 editions held, for example, there is a great balance, with foreigners being the best in seven opportunities.
The highlights of this year for men are the Kenyan Edwin Rotich, bronze athlete and two-time champion of the São Silvestre International Race (2012/2013); Ugandan Stephen Mande, third in the Nairobi Half Marathon in 2018, is another strong competitor. Brazil will also have a bronze athlete, miner Giovani dos Santos, twice champion of the race (2014 and 2016) and six times winner of the Volta Internacional da Pampulha.
In the female category, Ugandan Emily Chebet, runner up in the Volta Internacional da Pampulha, and Kenyan Monica Cheruto, bronze in the Sanya Marathon (CHN), and Janet Cheruto Masai, third in the Volta da Pampulha and seventh in São Silvestre, both in 2018, will be highlights from abroad. The country will have the miners Adriana Domingos da Silva, second in the Curitiba Marathon (13) and in the São Paulo Half Marathon (19), and Larissa Quintão, fifth in the 2019 São Paulo Half Marathon.
Last year, Kenyans Geofry Kipchumba and Sharon Arusho were the fastest. Gilmar Lopes, with 1h05min51sec, and Andréia Hessel, with 1h19min22sec, both with 2nd place, were the best in the country in the race.