MANAUS, Brazil – 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.