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Renaud Michel (D93-FRA)

THE SAHARA AS A FOLLOW-UP TO THE NORTH POLE

Renaud likes contrasts. Competing in the Marathon des Sables for the third time (33rd in 2010, 21st in 2012 and 41st prior to the long leg of the 2014 edition), this 42-yr old aeronautics manager, based in Haute-Garonne in France, has also competed in the North Pole marathon on two occasions (2nd in 2009 and 2013). A lesson on how to make the link between -35° and +40°! “We’re clearly at opposite extremes, he confirms. There are some similarities, for example in the search for little bits of information pretty much everywhere. In sporting terms, the Marathon des Sables is more difficult. The North Pole Marathon lasts for 5 or 6 hours, here it is 6 days. In the desert, you also have to manage everything, the race as well as the recovery, the treatment, etc. On the other hand, you can make up for a mistake by recovering in the evening. At the pole, the slightest error is fatal. As such there’s a big difference. In contrast to what you might think, there is life in the desert. We’ve seen lizards and birds. In the North Pole, there’s a total lack of life.” And Renaud is very aware of the importance of this life. Bruised by the loss of his daughter a year and a half ago, he’s running for the Fight Mucoviscidosis association. There are 13 of them split into two Moralamuco teams in this 29th SULTAN MARATHON DES SABLES that are carrying this message. For life.

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