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WHAT A WAY TO RING IN START OF A NEW YEAR

The final race tonight on the harness card at Pompano (Fla.) Park will start in 1999 and end in 2000.

The Millennium Mile is the 14th race on the New Year's Eve card. Nine pacers will go to post at 11:59 p.m. on Dec. 31 and cross the wire shortly after midnight on Jan. 1. Although the race will take less than two minutes to complete, it will take start and finish in separate years, decades, centuries and millennia.

If computers at the track fail because of Y2K problems, all patrons will be given flashlights as they enter the track.

In Sao Paulo, Brazil, thousands of athletes will ring in the new year by running through South America's biggest city in the traditional year-ending St. Silvester road race. They will be competing for a top prize of about $5,500.

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