December 6, 2014 20 pm Montevideo
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The aim of the first run San Felipe and Santiago in 1996 was to recreate a journey that took place in our city long ago. This background was crossing the beaches, an activity approved by the Athletic Federation of Uruguay, which consisted of a race all over Montevideo coast.
In the same year, the format of the San Felipe and Santiago became official and was installed as openness in the work of Montevideo Capital Iberoamericana de la Cultura. At the same time, the inclusion of race as evidence of Schedule Circuit Sudamericano street crossings CONSUDATLE, composed of four tests calendar was achieved:
• International Corrida de San Silvestre (San Pablo-Brasil)
• International Corrida de San Fernando (Punta del Este-Uruguay)
• Corrida de Cali (Colombia)
• Corrida de San Felipe y Santiago de Montevideo (Uruguay)
For this event was counted from the beginning with the support and sponsorship of the Athletic Federation of Uruguay that -under his reglamentación- authorized the test along with the Municipality of Montevideo.
The first contacts for the organization of the run were made in September 1995, and results were obtained in December with confirmation of athletes who attended post.
The competition was finally held on 10 January 1996, began at 18 am and had as its starting point the Carrasco Hotel; after a journey of 11 kilometers finished off the pools Trouville.
It was attended by more than 500 athletes, including twenty top international participants were included among the best positioned in the careers of San Silvestre and San Fernando.
In the final standings, the first since he succeeded William Mutwol, Kenya, with a time of 32’01 ”; second was the Brazilian Delmir Dos Santos with 32’13 ”, who won the South American Circuit accumulation of points obtained in the four tests. A first-level female was Jane Ngotho, Kenya, with a time of 36’45 ”; the second place went to Kenyan Katherine also Kirwi with 36’47 ”, who won the South American Circuit.
The Uruguayan athletes were better placed Néstor García who entered sixth with a time of 33’14 ” and Carmen Caceres which came seventh to 43’42 ”.
Two years later, around 1998, this race as official by the International Athletics Federation managed to have a high status within the region, meet Olympic athletes and international level and be recognized as one of the best organized of the continent.
In past editions we had participants from diverse countries around the world: Kenya, Ethiopia, Burundi, Morocco, Russia, Italy, Spain, Germany, Portugal, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Argentina, Chile, Brazil, Paraguay, Bolivia, Venezuela and Cuba, among others.
The birth, consolidation and growth of this race, which increased tenfold the number of participants since its first edition, have positioned it as the Carrera in your city and as the first sporting event of mass characteristics in the city of Montevideo.
Ranked as one of the great races, the San Felipe y Santiago gave reasons to private enterprises that envisioned this product as one of the most interesting to start a huge amount of mass sporting events that flooded the streets of Montevideo.
Today in our capital are held in addition to the San Felipe y Santiago, at least four major business careers massive cut and approximately ten official level both Athletic Confederation of the Association, managing a volume of approximately 45,000 participants annually.
It is noteworthy that the organization of this important international event forced a multiplicity of structures of Montevideo find a way to work together. This work has improved the overall production of many events that arose street from the San Felipe.
Another of the stamps that mark the history of this race is the sense of belonging of the residents in an event that integrates the essence of your city with the sport, and reaffirmed in turn to the use of the majestic promenade capital as equity. Its appeal has been enjoyed by brokers and recognized by foreign participants.
As part of this position, after 19 editions continues with the firm intention of further democratization of the sport. This means encouraging full participation, stimulating approach to career besides elite athletes and federated all sports fans, disabled and female audience, historically relegated sectors which, fortunately, grow steadily in number since the first race .
We continue running
Since the first edition of this race also sought the partnership of organizations and companies in the private sector, with the aim of achieving a synergy of public-private in a common project. The growth of San Felipe and Santiago was also maintained with the support of sponsors: today its contribution is fundamental part in the production of the race.
Besides the number of participants, growth also raises another aspect: the implementation of technology in the race. The challenge of transmitting the event live via internet and have the final results in real time has determined that logistics is updated in this sense, now reaching the level of the best races in the world.
Plus mass sports event has had and has to be framed necessarily a strategy of promoting sport and physical activity as a municipal sports policy. Conjugate this effort to build more aerobic circuits, more tracks health, exercise more stations, more programs in parks, among other strategies, is to generate motivation, encouragement and good excuses for that more and more people practicing sport.
During months of work, 300 people between officials and departmental officials and private partners, contribute so that everything goes as it should.
It only remains to thank all those who in one way or another were and are at the heart of this great trial. Thank you very much.
The city of Montevideo an activity of this nature deserves. For all lived and for years to come: the hope.