Team from Itaú Unibanco wins Sao Paulo’s Bloomberg Square Mile Relay
23 August 2019 at 2:06PM
Yesterday, 80 teams from Sao Paulo’s leading companies raced against each other at the Bloomberg Square Mile Relay in the heart of Sao Paulo. Champions Itaú Unibanco took the coveted trophy and the title of “fastest firm in the city”, completing ten laps of the unique one-mile course in Parque de Povo in 59 minutes and 33 seconds.
“It was an amazing experience, we are very happy with the result. We participated in other editions, always had good positions, but this time we set up a strong team to win. Bloomberg Square Mile Relay is an event we love, it is well organized and always with a good social cause. We are excited to be here, in an event that allows team building, bringing together several companies and the opportunity to meet market colleagues in a very pleasant atmosphere.”, said Daniel Minerbo, Itaú Unibanco’s team captain.
“Congratulations to Itaú Unibanco for winning our third Sao Paulo relay which benefits The Extra Mile partner the Instituto Esporte & Educação,” said Geraldo Coelho, Head of Latin America financial product sales. “We are gratified that even more clients, partners and friends participated in the race focused on speed, teamwork, and giving back – three values that our firm celebrates. The Bloomberg Square Mile Relay is not only fun, but a great way for companies to contribute to their community, as runners vote for the charity project that will be funded.”
Coming in close behind Itaú Unibanco in second place was ABN Amro, with Bradesco Asset Management in third place. Individually, the fastest runner of the night, with a time of 5 minutes and 20 seconds, was Itamar Silva from CFA, and capturing the award for the ‘Fastest Mixed Team’ was Mastercard, beating 37 other teams to clinch the title with a combined running time of 1 hour 9 minutes and 25 seconds.
To continue the race’s commitment to increasing female participation across the series, the ‘Fastest Female Team’ category was launched this year, and the inaugural award in São Paulo was won by Grupo BNP Paribas, who completed the race in 1 hour, 24 minutes and 19 seconds.
It was also announced on the night that, due to a 25% contribution from all team entry fees, US$20,000 had been raised go to towards The Extra Mile charitable program in partnership with the Instituto Esporte & Educação. This is a chance for the Bloomberg Square Mile Relay to make an impact way beyond the finish line and contribute to the local community in a bigger, better way. The Institute of Sports Education will help deliver a year-long funded legacy program to address a cause specific to Sao Paulo, selected by the runners themselves, on the subject of Access & Inclusion.
James Hassett, Managing Director of event organizer Square Mile Sport, said “The Bloomberg Square Mile Relay is an unparalleled sporting event that offers the city’s leading institutions an opportunity to come together for a night of camaraderie, competition, teamwork, celebration and networking, in support of a special cause. It’s fantastic to see the same level of enthusiasm, competitive spirit and teamwork from Sao Paulo’s business community on display again for the third running of the race here and with an ever-increasing number of runners the race continues to grow and we look forward to returning in 2020.”