Runners race during the 80th International Sao Silvestre street race in Sao Paulo.
Runners leave the starting line to compete in the 80th International Sao Silvestre street race, along the main avenues of Sao Paulo, December 31, 2004. Kenya's Robert Cheruiyot strode to victory in the annual 15 kms Sao Silvestre road race for the second time in three years on Friday amid unprecedented security. An estimated 13,000 runners took part in the race which has been run through the streets of Latin America's largest city every New Year's Eve since 1925. Pictures of the month December 2004REUTERS/Paulo Whitaker PW/GN