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Running the Great Wall

               

Last May 17, TRC’s Blaise and Isabelle were in China to run the half-marathon event of the Great Wall Marathon. Here’s our 20-point recap:

 

  • A total of 43 courageous athletes ran for a good cause: fight against cystic fibrosis.
  • A project set up by Sébastien Richard and Geneviève Plante, parents of twins with cystic fibrosis.
  • A whopping $165,000 raised in one year for research on cystic fibrosis.
  • Thousands of hours of training up and down stairs and climbing up steep hills.
  • A race in the world’s most populous country, 15 hours away from home (Quebec) by plane.
  • A race that takes place in extreme conditions (12 hours of jet lag, new food, temperatures that go up to 35°C).
  • Running on the Great Wall, one of the 7 wonders of the world, impressive historic architectural feat built 2,500 years ago, 8,000 km long.
  • 5,164 irregular steps climbed during the marathon.
  • 2,515 runners.
  • 50 countries.
  • An experienced organizing team.
  • The youngest participant (8.5 km Fun Run event on the Great Wall with 450 m D+) was 4 years old.
  • Hundreds of high-fives to Chinese children cheering along the way.
  • A bold team… most of them had never run such a distance.
  • A team that powered through… all 43 participants crossed the finish line successfully.
  • A high-performing team… 3 men and 2 women finished in the top 10 of the half-marathon event.
  • Charles Potvin, 24 years old with cystic fibrosis, took up the challenge without flinching.
  • An achieved challenge for Anick, Camille, Charles, Claire, Emma, Jasmine, Jeanne, Kilian, Samsara, Tamara, and all others with cystic fibrosis.
  • A banquet with a grand closing ceremony highlighting the involvement of the Défibrose 2014 group and Isabelle’s first place overall in the half-marathon event.
  • A memorable event imprinted in the memory of all 43 heroes who ran for the Défibrose 2014 event.