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It sure gets hot, but the Amazon Runners keep running despite the often stifling conditions

  • A man wearing a No. 10 Brazil soccer jersey jogs along the Rio Negro in Manaus, Brazil, Monday, June 23, 2014. There are about a dozen running groups in Manaus, in spite of the heat and humidity. (AP Photo/Chris Lehourites)

    A man wearing a No. 10 Brazil soccer jersey jogs along the Rio Negro in Manaus, Brazil, Monday, June 23, 2014. There are about a dozen running groups in Manaus, in spite of the heat and humidity. (AP Photo/Chris Lehourites)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this May 22, 2014, file photo, a man carries beer bottles to a regional boat in the port of Manaus, Brazil. The Amazon rainforest city of Manaus was, according to many observers, the place to avoid at the World Cup due to high heat and humidity. But there are about 2 million people that live in the city who get on with their active lives despite the often stifling conditions. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana, File)

    FILE - In this May 22, 2014, file photo, a man carries beer bottles to a regional boat in the port of Manaus, Brazil. The Amazon rainforest city of Manaus was, according to many observers, the place to avoid at the World Cup due to high heat and humidity. But there are about 2 million people that live in the city who get on with their active lives despite the often stifling conditions. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this June 14, 2014 file photo, Italy's Claudio Marchisio celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the group D World Cup soccer match with England at the Arena da Amazonia in Manaus, Brazil. Some players and coaches complained that it was too hot to play in Manaus. Marchisio said he felt like he was hallucinating during the match against England because it was so hot. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, File)

    FILE - In this June 14, 2014 file photo, Italy's Claudio Marchisio celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the group D World Cup soccer match with England at the Arena da Amazonia in Manaus, Brazil. Some players and coaches complained that it was too hot to play in Manaus. Marchisio said he felt like he was hallucinating during the match against England because it was so hot. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, File)  (The Associated Press)

The Amazon rainforest city of Manaus was, according to many observers, the place to avoid at the World Cup.

Located deep in the jungle near the meeting of the Rio Negro and the Amazon River, the city is sweltering with high heat and humidity nearly all the time, an inhospitable place to compete at any sport, let alone the high-intensity atmosphere of the World Cup.

But there are about 2 million people living in the city. And some of them, like Dirsley D'Angelo, get on with their active lives despite the often stifling conditions.

D'Angelo is one of the founders of the Amazon Runners, an athletic group in the city with about 60 members that meets for jogs three times per week.