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THE DENTIST’S SUCCESS

VAL-2014-Etape4-Jour2-copy-16bassdef bassedefFrenchman Christophe Lacarrière is a dentist. He is also one of the Doc Trotters with three participations as a runner to his credit and some 11 years spent helping fellow runners in the MARATHON DES SABLES’ clinic. He doesn’t just treat runners though. Indeed the waiting list for his services is impressive. Among them are the drivers, “Bachir’s men”, who take down and pitch the tents every morning, who benefit from Christophe’s services to get their teeth examined. “I try to make the treatment last. There’s no point just patching things up so that in two weeks time they’re in the same state.” Treatment of fillings, extractions… Christophe’s “bivouac firm” is fully equipped with its own drill and some dentist instruments.

VOLUNTEERS LOYAL TO THEIR POSTS

Like Christian Ginter, who has amassed an amazing 27 participations as a runner, a number of volunteers remain loyal to the SULTAN MARATHON DES SABLES. Whether they’re friends of Race Director, Patrick Bauer, or those that love the desert or the bivouac atmosphere, they won’t miss this annual gathering for all the world. Among those who are the most long-standing is the bivouac commissioner, Marie-Jeanne Courtier, the trackers, Dany Paisant and Christophe Boubien, and the Race HQ manager, Gilles Bouchereau, each boast over twenty participations already. And it’s a family affair too because the children of several of the volunteers have also been coming to assist for several years. Suffice to say that the SULTAN MARATHON DES SABLES is one big, happy family.

WHEN THE BANAL BECOMES RICHNESS

It may be trivial for you, but for them it means a great deal. It’s a tradition of the MARATHON DES SABLES. At the end of the long leg, a fizzy drink is distributed to each runner. Something trivial in everyday life, but it’s suddenly transformed into veritable richness for the runners, who have had to carry all their own food for several days. Most importantly it’s symbolic of the value of things and the fact that when you look at things differently, the ordinary can prove all the more precious.