✨ MILLION STEPS ✨ !!! They did it!! 🏆

“Awesome!!! 13/13”

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You are right, Aurélia!! It is AWESOME!!! All the runners of our “Million steps” team survived and got through the 166 km and 10,000 of altitude difference of the Diagonale des Fous!!! Congratulations to all, and especially to Julien C. and Marc who made great performances!!

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Congrats Julien C.!!!

No abandonment, no injuries!!! The 100% success of our team defies the statistics of this race which is generally announced with 30-40% of abandonment.

A brief look back at the arrival of our runners at the stadium of La Redoute.

Saturday, October 19:

🥇 Julien C., the first of our team, crossed the finish line just before 9:00 am (local time). He is 97th after running 34 hours 41!!

🥇 Marc arrived at La Redoute stadium after running 36 hours 33!! He is 144th.

🥇 Guillaume is 467th. He crossed the finish line after running 43 hours 05.

🥇 Julien L., after running 43 hours 26, is 499th.

🥇 Raph is 546th after running 44 hours 05.

Sunday, October 20:

🥇 Christophe arrived at La Redoute at 1:33 am, he is 1140th.

🥇 Jean-Louis, 1360th. Running time: 54h18

🥇 Phil, 1436th. Running time: 55h39

🥇 Xavier, 1596th. Running time: 57h51

Aurélia and Ludo arrived at the same time.

🥇 Aurélia, 1564th, Ludo, 1565th. Running time: 57h32

🥇 JP, 1570th. Running time: 57h35

🥇 Florian, 1728th. Running time: 59h24

Congratulations again!!! Now it is recovery time!

 

 

✨ MILLION STEPS ✨ After 24 hours…

It is 12:30 am in Reunion Island. 24 hours after the start of La Diagonale des Fous, our runners passed all Marla (7th aid station, 77.8km from the start). Among them, some continued to run, others decided to run.

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Julien C., 96th, passed Maïdo-Tête dure (14th aid station) !!! A huge bravo Julien !!!!

Marc, 242nd, arrived at Rocheplate (13th aid station).

Julien L. 492nd, Guillaume 502nd and Raph 700th passed Grand Place (11th aid station).

Christophe, 1083rd, arrived at Sentier Scout (9th aid station).

Aurélia 1635th, JP 1654th, Flo 1678th, Ludo 1701st, Jean-Louis 1702nd, Xavier 1786th et Phil 1865th passed Marla.

It froze last night at Aire Nez de Boeuf. 🥶 We hope this night will be less cold !

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Photo: Grand Raid Réunion

GO, GO, GO MILLION STEPS!!!

✨ MILLION STEPS ✨ In the race!

Let’s do it!!!! The “madmen” of the Million Steps team, who are running for the benefit of the French Fondation for Rare Diseases, shot off at 10 pm on the paths of la Diagonale!!

As Stéphane Brogniart, an ultra trailer, sponsor of our project, would say: “Be hardy as a fir tree, strong as Mirabelle!” (Mirabelle is a spirit from the Vosges)🌲

Thank you in advance to all people who will follow our runners: more than ever, in the days to come, every little step will count!

Here is the link to follow the race live. The beginning of the video shows the track of the course: OMG! It’s crazy!! 🙃

 

Reunion Island: D-1!! Here we are!

It was Philippe who, during a lunch with friends, proposed the idea of participating to La Diagonale des fous for the benefit of the French Fondation for Rare Diseases… already 2 years ago.

Phil, Flo, JP were quickly joined by Aurélia and Raph; a few months later, the solidarity team, composed of Julien C., Christophe, Xavier, Marc, Jean-Louis, Julien L., Guillaume and Ludo, was ready.

Then, depending on everyone’s personal and professional life, there were training sessions, in groups or alone, under the sun in the south of France or in Don’s winter greyness, on the slopes of Montmartre, of the Zugspitze or of the Mont Blanc; there were diets – with or without sugars – kefir, miso soup, kimchi, probiotics… and then, from time to time we went to a good restaurant and drank a little beer, because, well… 😉 There were coaching (thanks David!), “weekend chocs”, preparatory races, doubts, questions, disappointments, beautiful victories too…

AND NOW, HERE WE ARE!!! D-1 BEFORE THE KICK-OFF OF THE RACE!!!

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Marc, Flo, Raph, Phil, Ludo, Aurélia, Jean-Louis and JP with the flag of the FFRD

This morning, our runners were in Saint-Pierre, on the Reunion Island, to pick up their bibs!

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Jean-Louis and Ludo
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Christophe and Xavier with the “Grand Raid 2019” shirt

Informations about La Diagonale des Fous 2019!

1. La Diagonale des Fous 2019: the race

The official track of  the Diagonale des Fous 2019 is online on Trace de trail!! By following this link you will find an interactive map and the race profile.

2. The app to follow the runners: LiveInfo (for smartphones, to download on Googleplay). La Diagonale des Fous / Grand Raid is already available in the events.

-By clicking on the event “Diagonale des Fous”, you can see the route.

-In the “Menu”, you can register your favorite runner(s) by name or bib number and follow their progress on the route between Saint-Pierre and Saint-Denis.

YOU WANT TO FOLLOW THE TEAM’S RUNNERS? HERE ARE THEIR BIB NUMBERS!

3. The bib numbers of Million steps runners

Aurélia: 1734
Florian: 1314
Philippe: 1938
Raphaël: 2451
Jean-Paul: 1622

Christophe: 733
Xavier: 881
Marc: 1242
Julien L.: 1636
Ludovic: 1301
Guillaume: 2469
Julien C.: 414
Jean-Louis : 2296

 

 

 

 

Airbus Helicopters: solidarity comitment days

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Jean-Paul and Anne-Sophie

On September 19 and 20, the “Journées de l’engagement solidaire” (solidarity comitment Days) took place at Airbus Helicopters, in Marignane.

On this occasion Jean-Paul, Yannis and Anne-Sophie (French Fondation for Rare Diseases) presented our Million Steps project.

A huge “thank you” to the organizers for your welcoming and to all for your interest in our project!

If you wish to support the research against rare diseases, follow the link 🙂

How to make a donation?

By supporting this project, the amount of your donation is directly paid to the Foundation – runners do not receive any money. Your donation allows you to benefit from a tax deduction; calculate it by following this link.

2 possibilities to make a donation: bank card, transfer

A. Bank card safely on the site of the FFRD:

1. Indicate the amount of your donation.

2. Fill in the contact form. Don’t forget to specify “Million steps” in the Commentaire field.

3. At the bottom of the page, click on the “Effectuer un paiement sécurisé” button.

 

B. Transfer

1. Send an email to contact@fondation-maladiesrares.com so that we can identify your donation to “Million steps”.

2. Download the RIB of the Foundation : https://fondation-maladiesrares.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/RIB-Fondation.pdf

3. Make the bank transfer.

 

THANK YOU ON BEHALF OF ALL THE PEOPLE WHO FEEL ALONE WHILE STRUGGLING AGAINST A RARE DISEASE!