Novice on the MARATHON DES SABLES, Vanessa MARCHAND (FRA) is also in the world of "ultra" racing. A little over 40 years old, this employee living in the Loir-et-Cher (France) is nevertheless determined: "I know exactly what I am committed to and the difficulties that this represents. But no matter how tough the challenge, after a course like mine and with my determination, I hope to go one by one to the finish line of each stage."
Vanessa experienced the MDS in an original way: through the CEO of her company who ran the 34th MDS with his wife. Every day, via the MDS website and social networks, Vanessa followed their progress and was surprised to be totally in the game: "I felt like I was with them in the desert! I was impregnated by this extraordinary event by following them and encouraging them by mail. The encounters she has been able to observe, the human aspect, the mutual help - all this has conquered her. "I'm sure this event will be a real asset to my personal enrichment."
Noting the scale of the adventure, its very human side, the exploration of the desert, Vanessa engaged. She will participate in the 35th MDS, the occasion to celebrate her 30 years of type 1 diabetes: "I wanted this magic, this emotion. I want, and I think I can, get to the end of this challenge!" Federating and raising awareness around her illness is also part of the challenge - "It's a bit like the water on the MDS that's so precious, the insulin I have in my pump allows me to live. And all the sick do not have access to it."
Apprehensive, Vanessa has despite its determination, like all other competitors: "What I dread the most? That my body tells me stop because of fatigue. Vanessa also fears losing herself in the desert, but on this side there should be no concern - the markup, the roadbook and the GPS beacons are a great security. "And of course I have to manage my blood sugar, which I do very well on a marathon, but the MDS will be the unknown ... But the unknown gives wings!"