Time has come to translate the excitement that sports provides in support and appreciation of athletes that bring pride to our nation across the globe. Traduzca will be at the 96th edition of the Saint Silvester Road Race through a special partnership with Vladmi Virgílio Moreira dos Santos. The paralympic athlete and ultramarathon runner will be sponsored by the company in one of the most traditional road races in Brazil, to be held in São Paulo on December 31.
A native of the city of Rio Grande, dos Santos lost his vision in 2004, at the age of 34. Since then, he has focused on running as part of his new lifestyle. His specialty lies in facing challenges in extreme conditions: previous feats include crossing the world’s four largest desserts (Gobi, Sahara, Antarctica and Atacama) and he is a world record holder as a visually impaired athlete with the longest autonomous course by running 226 kilometers along the strip of sand that forms the coast of the far south of the country, Cassino Beach, in Rio Grande do Sul State, setting the time of 47 hours and 8 minutes, in 2019.
Even with so much experience, at 50 years old, dos Santos faces an unprecedented challenge. He will run the 15 kilometers of the Saint Silvestre for the first time and carry the name of Traduzca on his uniform. He will even be passing the company’s São Paulo address (Av. Paulista, 1079 / 804).
– I’ve never run the Saint Silvestre due to it being at the end of the year. I’ve always opted to spend this time with my wife and two daughters. But I decided to run this race in celebration of my most recent challenge, in the dessert of Namibia, due to so many difficulties caused by the pandemic. Above all, it will be a celebration of life – says dos Santos on Traduzca’s blog.
The kilometers run by dos Santos will be converted into donation for welfare entities using the KM Solidário application (available for Android and iOS).
The 96th edition of the Saint Silvestre Road Race is set for December 31 in the city of São Paulo. The city’s most traditional road race has been staged yearly since 1925. In 2020, however, the event was canceled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
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